Let’s take a look at the team news as fireworks await us at the Wembley when Manchester City and Manchester United face each other in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The Citizens did well to defend their Premier League trophy and they are seen as favourites to beat the Red Devils in tomorrow’s final.
Meanwhile, Erik Ten Hag’s inaugural season at Old Trafford has already yielded significant success. He led the team to break a six-year trophy drought by securing the League Cup. The Dutchman’s impact has been instrumental in revitalising the club and positioning them among the elite once again. With both teams striving for glory, the FA Cup final promises to be an enthralling encounter between Man City and Man United.
Anthony Martial has unfortunately been ruled out of the highly anticipated clash due to a hamstring injury. Throughout the season, the Frenchman has faced recurring injuries, and once again, he finds himself on the sidelines after sustaining a muscle injury. With Martial unavailable for the derby final, it is highly probable that Marcus Rashford will be deployed as the primary striker.
Antony suffered an injury last week during the match against Chelsea. Ten Hag responded in his pre-match press conference that the Brazilian could be available for the final, but the chance of him being fit before Saturday’s game is very low and it looks unlikely.
Luke Shaw, who had a back issue, was in the match-day squad in their most recent match against Fulham and was present in training ahead of the weekend’s clash. Meanwhile, Lisandro Martinez, Donny van de Beek, and Marcel Sabitzer remain unavailable for the Red Devils, while Tom Heaton’s ankle problem makes him a major doubt.
As for Manchester City, Nathan Ake is said to be progressing well but Pep Guardiola doesn’t want to risk him before the FA Cup and Champions League finals. Phil Foden sustained a knock during the match against Brighton and it is unclear if he will be fit for the final.
Player To Watch Out For – Erling Haaland
There is no question about this – Erling Haaland. One of his most notable skills is his remarkable speed. He possesses lightning-quick pace that allows him to leave defenders behind and make dangerous runs in behind the defensive line. His acceleration and ability to reach top speed in just a few strides make him a constant threat to any opposition.
Another outstanding aspect of the Norwegian’s game is his strength and physicality. Standing at 6’4″ (1.94m) tall, he is a powerful presence on the field. He uses his strength effectively to shield the ball from defenders and hold off challenges, often bullying his way past opponents. This combination of speed and strength makes him a nightmare for defenders to handle.
The 22-year-old striker’s finishing ability is second to none. He possesses a clinical instinct in front of goal, rarely wasting opportunities that come his way. Whether it’s a powerful strike from distance or a delicate finish in a one-on-one situation, he has the composure and precision to find the back of the net consistently. His goal-scoring record speaks for itself, with numerous goals across all competitions.
Moreover, Erling Haaland’s work rate and determination is commendable. He constantly pressurizes opponents, chases lost causes, and never gives up on a play. His relentless energy and commitment to the game make him a true asset for any team.
Manchester United Form:
Manchester City Form:
Manchester United Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1) :
David de Gea (GK); Diogo Dalot (RB), Victor Lindelof (CB), Raphael Varane (CB), Luke Shaw (LB); Casemiro (CM), Christian Eriksen (CM); Jadon Sancho (RW), Bruno Fernandes (CAM), Alejandro Garnacho (LW); Marcus Rashford (ST).
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Pep Guardiola’s side will likely be dominating the ball at Wembley, as they tend to do in most games. It would be no surprise if Ten Hag did set his side up to counter-attack the Cityzens. This tactic has worked for United against City previously, and the Spanish boss will be wary of it in the FA Cup final.
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