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Ten Hag’s future & City chasing history – FA Cup final talking points

Manchester City and Manchester United meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday with one team looking to create more history and the other attempting to salvage something from a miserable season.

Pep Guardiola’s City want to follow up last Sunday’s title triumph by sealing a Premier League-FA Cup domestic double in front of a sell-out Wembley crowd.

United head to the national stadium with speculation about manager Erik ten Hag’s future following their worst Premier League finish, and with some of their fans “dreading” the showpiece final.

Ten Hag’s side finished eighth in the table, 31 points behind champions Cheap Manchester City Football Shirts, and must win otherwise they will miss out on playing in Europe next season.

“I came here to win trophies,” said the United boss, who secured the Carabao Cup in his first season in charge.

“It’s all about winning trophies and we’ve got an opportunity to win two trophies in two seasons.”

“The FA Cup final is a big event and we are there. We have to go for it.”

City chasing more history
Just days after becoming the first team to win the league in four consecutive seasons, City can achieve another club landmark at Wembley.

City could complete the league title and FA Cup double for the third time, something only previously achieved by Manchester United (1993-94, 1995-96 and 1998-99) and Arsenal (1970-71, 1997-98 and 2001-02).

Guardiola’s side did so in 2018-19 and 2022-23, and could become the first team to do so in consecutive campaigns.

This is the first time since 1885 that the FA Cup final will be contested by the same two clubs in consecutive years.

Last season City Foden football shirt defeated United 2-1 on their way to a remarkable Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup Treble.

“We can do back-to-back doubles, we have a chance to do this,” said Guardiola.

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Ten Hag’s future & City chasing history – FA Cup final talking points

“It is football, it’s never happened before in our history [repeat derby finals], two times in a row.

“We respect Manchester United. In the last decade we have been better but in terms of history you have to of course respect them massively.

“If history gives us a chance to do something not done before, try it. Maybe it will be extra motivation for players.

“No teams have done four in a row, none have done back-to-back doubles. That is because it is not easy.”

This is City’s 58th match of the season, including the Uefa Super Cup in Greece and two Fifa Club World Cup games in Saudi Arabia.

“All our fans going to London. It’s the last game of season, last effort,” said City boss Guardiola.

City did the Premier League Football Shirts double over United in 2023-24 and have won six of the past seven meetings with their neighbours.

But Guardiola added: “The players feel it, know it, that it’ll be a completely different game from the Premier League.”

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