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Man United win FA Cup final

In a dramatic turn of events at Wembley, Manchester United, led by a potentially departing manager Erik ten Hag, clinched a remarkable FA Cup victory against Manchester City, defying pre-match predictions and overwhelming public sentiment anticipating Ten Hag’s imminent dismissal.

Despite the looming shadow of a new managerial era under co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Ten Hag orchestrated a masterclass in football, culminating in United’s most impressive performance of the season.

Goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo in the first half set the stage for a historic win, which not only denied City a consecutive domestic double but also marked United’s first FA Cup win since 2016. The game was a showcase of tactical acumen and spirited play, with United maintaining their lead despite City’s intense pressure and near comebacks in the second half.

The backdrop of Ten Hag’s uncertain future with United added a poignant layer to the victory, which may stand as his final and finest achievement with the club. The match unfolded with United demonstrating a level of precision and coordination rarely seen this season. Ten Hag, criticised throughout the season, vindicated his approach with a strategic victory that ensures United’s place in next season’s Europa League. Meanwhile, City, under Pep Guardiola, experienced a rare off day, with mistakes and missed opportunities characterizing their game. Despite their recent success in the Premier League, City faltered when it mattered at Wembley, showcasing a vulnerability that came at the cost of a historic repeat of their domestic double.

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