Man City vs Man United FA Cup final score, result as Ilkay Gundogan keeps Pep Guardiola’s treble dream alive

Arlo Gibbons


Summarize this content to 400 words WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON — Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan made FA Cup history before keeping Pep Guardiola’s side on track for the treble with a 2-1 win over Manchester United. City take on Inter Milan in next weekend’s Champions League final and sealed a fifth Premier League title in six seasons last month. United are the only English team to have won the full set of league, cup and European Cup when Alex Ferguson’s celebrated side completed that particular clean sweep in 1998/99. Their ambitions to thwart their neighbours in the first Cup final between the Manchester clubs got off to a nightmare start when Gundogan dispatched a sumptuous volley following Erling Haaland‘s knockdown after 12 seconds — the fastest goal in this showpiece, outstripping Roberto Di Matteo for Chelsea against Middlesbrough in 1997 and Louis Saha for Everton against Chelsea in 2009. Man City vs Man United FA Cup final score   Full-time  Goal scorers MCI 2 Ilkay Gunodgan ‘1, ’51 MUN 1 Bruno Fernandes (pen) ’33 Lineups: Man City (3-2-4-1, right to left): 18-Stefan Ortega (GK) — 2-Kyle Walker (14-Aymeric Laporte), 3-Ruben Dias, 25-Manuel Akanji — 5-John Stones, 16-Rodri — 20-Bernardo Silva, 17-Kevin De Bruyne (47-Phil Foden), 8-Ilkay Gundogan, 10-Jack Grealish (6-Nathan Ake) — 9-Erling Haaland Man United (4-3-3, right to left): 1-David De Gea (GK) — 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 2-Victor Lindelof (39-Scott McTominay), 19-Raphael Varane, 23-Luke Shaw — 18-Casemiro, 14-Christian Eriksen (49-Alejandro Garnacho), 17-Fred — 8-Bruno Fernandes, 10-Marcus Rashford, 25-Jadon Sancho (27-Wout Weghorst) MORE: Man City vs Man United: Everything, everywhere all at once in the 2023 FA Cup final Rodri almost doubled City‘s lead shortly afterwards but United were level after half an hour when the VAR penalised Jack Grealish for handball and Bruno Fernandes converted. Guardiola’s side struggled for their usual irresistible rhythm after that setback but Gundogan met a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick, this time with his left foot, to send a bouncing shot beyond David de Gea seven minutes into the second half. Gundogan thought he had a hat-trick when De Gea saved from Haaland and he dispatched the rebound from an offside position. Alejandro Garnacho’s cameo from the bench lifted United and fellow substitute Scott McTominay and Raphael Varane tried to smuggle a goal from a late scramble as City held out to stay on course for a slice of history. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC 🦸@IlkayGuendogan with another magical volley ✨#EmiratesFACup — Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) June 3, 2023 Man City cannot lose master clutch player Ilkay Gundogan The FA Cup final could prove to be the last game Gundogan plays on English soil in a City shirt. Barcelona and AC Milan are thought to be very keen and it might come down to whether Guardiola can persuade the board to give the 32-year-old a two- rather than a one-year contract extension. From this vantage point it looks like an absolute no-brainer. Gundogan’s record-setting effort was another champagne moment in a City career packed with them. When City‘s rhythm deserted them after Fernandes‘ equaliser, up he stepped with another goal. It should come as no surprise from the Man whose brace snatched the league title against Aston Villa on the final day of last season. His immaculate double at Everton effectively extinguished Arsenal‘s challenge this time around. “I don’t need these kind of days to feel special and appreciated at this club,” Gundogan told BBC Sport when asked about his future after the final. “Nothing is decided yet. We’re going to see what’s going to happen.” Mateo Kovacic has been heavily linked to City over recent days but he must surely be an “as well as” rather than an “instead of” signing. Guardiola has bigger stars in his squad but you can make a case that Gundogan would be the hardest to replace of them all. ✅ Gabriel Jesus✅ Raheem Sterling✅ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang✅ Ilkay Gundogan🤯 The Germany international becomes the fourth player to score a brace in an FA Cup Final at the New Wembley. — Sporting News Football Club (@sn_footballclub) June 3, 2023 Grealish’s VAR woe highlights chaos of handball rule First things first: after Paul Tierney trotted over to the monitor and saw replays of Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s knockdown clipping Jack Grealish’s hand, he was right to give a penalty under the current interpretation of the rules. However, those rules are indisputably a mess. Several United players around City‘s area appealed to Tierney when the ball struck Grealish, but they quietened fairly quickly, which is telling in a game of this magnitude. Fernandes and United then accepted their gift with glee. In the final analysis, it is a moment that might be forgotten. But the game as a whole highlighted how handball calls in the VAR age operate with a different burden of proof to almost anything else on the field. Take, for example, Casemiro plunging his studs into Manuel Akanji’s ankle: it might have been a red card on another day, but Tierney saw the incident and decided to crack on. The same when Fred clumsily bundled into De Bruyne in the United box. Those clashes allow the officials to operate within a sizeable shade of grey. Whether or not you agree with Tierney’s decisions, he at least has the chance to make them. Handball is ludicrously black and white by contrast and it helps no one involved. 🙌 The moment the #FACup was clinched by Man City. — Sporting News Football Club (@sn_footballclub) June 3, 2023 Garnacho points towards bright future as Sancho struggles It will come as no consolation as the bitter taste of defeat lingers, but this was a very handy encapsulation of precisely where United are up to under Ten Hag. These players have capitulated under high-quality pressure before, such as in the 6-3 derby defeat at the Etihad Stadium or more recent 7-0 humiliation against Liverpool at Anfield. But United dug in and showed commendable backbone under the famous arch. Their former Ajax head coach has designs on playing beautiful football and was way too open in his first derby. Here, United leant into the gnarly qualities embodied by Fred, Casemiro and Fernandes to drag City into a scrap. On another day, it might have paid off. However, Eriksen’s laboured performance as Rodri and John Stones ran the midfield and Jadon Sancho’s non-event of a Wembley outing showed there remains work to be done on both the transfer market and training ground. Signing Mason Mount and giving Garnacho the backing to thrive as a regular starter would both be steps in the right direction. 9 – Manchester United have lost more FA Cup finals than any other side in the history of the competition (9). The Red Devils have now lost four of their last five final appearances in the competition. Bridesmaids. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 3, 2023 Man City vs Man United as it happened, highlights from the 142nd FA Cup final FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER City ARE THE FA Cup WINNERS!!!! Captain Ilkay Gundogan is the hero for his side. City have won their second-ever domestic double. The treble is still on despite the best efforts of a flawed but tireless United side who are going places under Erik ten Hag. That won’t come as too much comfort tonight as their neighbours take a giant step towards sporting immortality at their expense. 90th minute+5: Haaland gallops towards the corner flag and wins a corner. The City fans roar. That should be that. 90th minute+3: Gundogan is named Man of the match in the stadium. Walker has what must be some absolutely genuine cramp. Aymeric Laporte is coming on in a very Our League move from Pep Guardiola. 90th minute+2: ABSOLUTE MAYHEM IN THE MANCHESTER City BOX!!!!! First Varane, then McTominay are denied as a combination of Stones, Ortega and his crossbar see the danger out, despite the fact Ortega ended up swinging on said crossbar. Nurse!!! The drama 😱@ManUtd hit the bar with minutes to go!#EmiratesFACup — Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) June 3, 2023 90th minute: Rodri booked for a foul on Fred. There will be four minutes Fergie Ti… I mean injury time. 89th minute: City have enjoyed a breather in the United half but Ake is coming on for Grealish to bolt this one down. 87th minute: Kyle Walker might have “pocketed” Vinicius Junior the other week but Garnacho is proving a massive inconvenience and wins another free-kick off the…


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