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FA Cup final preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United – team news, prediction & potential line-ups

English champions Manchester City will take on Manchester United in a blockbuster FA Cup final on Saturday, June 3. 

Pep Guardiola’s side recorded their third consecutive Premier League title after Arsenal fell to a 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest earlier this month. 

The Manchester outfit suffered some very poor results during the 2022-23 campaign, allowing the Gunners to establish a good lead at the top. 

However, they then went on an impressive run of form to secure their ninth league title with two games to spare. 

City are also set to play Inter Milan in the Champions League final next month at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, but first they will meet Manchester United in the FA Cup final. 

They inflicted a heavy 6-3 defeat on their Manchester rivals at the Etihad Stadium in October. 

However, the Red Devils took their revenge in the return fixture at Old Trafford in January as late strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford helped them to a 2-1 success. 

A disappointing 2021-22 campaign saw United finishing a lowly sixth, but they have made a huge comeback under manager Erik ten Hag this term. 

The Dutch boss led his side to a brilliant third-place finish this season and also ended their trophy drought by leading them to EFL Cup success. 

They will now be seeking their second piece of silverware when they come up against City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. United have won the FA Cup 12 times, putting them second in the list of all-time FA Cup winners, while City have won it 6 times.

Team News 

Manager Pep Guardiola doesn’t have a lot of injury woes ahead of the FA Cup at Wembley. Jack Grealish was missing against Brentford due to an unspecified issue but he is likely to be fit on Saturday. 

Meanwhile, Ruben Dias and Manuel Akanji were also absent last week but the duo are expected to play in the final. 

As for Manchester United, Anthony Martial has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Antony sustained a knock against Chelsea last week and his availability is reportedly doubtful. 

Meanwhile, Donny van de Beek, Tom Heaton, Lisandro Martinez and Marcel Sabitzer will all remain sidelined due to injury issues. 

Manchester City vs Manchester United Potential line-ups 

Manchester City: Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake; John Stones, Rodri; Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundoğan, Jack Grealish; Erling Haaland

Manchester United: David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia; Casemiro, Christian Eriksen; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Alejandro Garnacho; Marcus Rashford

How to Watch? 

Manchester City vs Manchester United can be watched via FA Cup live streams here

Manchester City vs Manchester United prediction 

United have enjoyed an impressive 2022-23 season under Erik ten Hag. But they will face a City side who look unstoppable at the moment. 

Also, the Red Devils have struggled outside of Old Trafford, but City don’t have such problems. And so we think the Citizens will win at Wembley on Saturday. 

Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United 

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