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Man City beat Man Utd to win FA Cup and remain on course for Treble

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Man City beat Man Utd to win FA Cup and remain on course for Treble

Manchester City beat rivals Manchester United 2-1 to win the FA Cup final and remain on course to complete the Treble.

Ilkay Gundogan scored after 12 seconds – the fastest goal in FA Cup final history – to give City the perfect start at Wembley.

City’s captain caught United off guard with a stunning volley from outside the box.

But United hit back on 33 minutes when Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot after VAR’s controversial decision to penalise Jack Grealish for handball.

It was the first goal City had conceded in the entire competition.

Ilkay Gundogan scored the fastest ever FA Cup final goal

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Ilkay Gundogan scored the fastest-ever FA Cup final goal

Bruno Fernandes levelled for Man Utd from the penalty spot

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Bruno Fernandes levelled for Man Utd from the penalty spot

During the goal celebrations, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof went down after appearing to be struck in the face by a projectile thrown from the stands.

Six minutes into the second half German midfielder Gundogan notched his second of the day to restore City’s lead – another volley, this time with his left foot.

Gundogan had the ball in the net yet again anticipating his hat-trick but the effort was ruled out for offside.

Despite a few late scares posed by United, the Premier League champions held out to secure a domestic cup double.

Manchester United's Scott McTominay (2nd right) looks on as his shot goes over the bar during the Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday June 3, 2023. PA Photo. See PA Story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire...RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or

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Manchester United had a late chance but couldn’t find an equaliser

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan celebrates with his team mates as he lifts the FA Cup following the Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday June 3, 2023.

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Ilkay Gundogan (lifting the cup) scored twice for Manchester City

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‘Amazing’: Man City fans on FA Cup win

‘We can now talk about the Treble’

Speaking after the game to BBC Sport, City’s coach Pep Guardiola said: “We can now talk about the Treble. Of course, we still have to win the Champions League.

“It was so important for us today. The FA Cup is so nice.

“I’m a Barcelona fan but I will love this club for the rest of my life. I know today we gave our fans a good gift to enjoy against our neighbours.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates after the final whistle after the Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday June 3, 2023. PA Photo. See PA Story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire...RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or

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Pep Guardiola will be vying for the Treble

A momentous Manchester FA Cup final


Frazer Maude - North of England correspondent

Frazer Maude

North of England correspondent

@frazeratsky

It’s been an historic day for the city of Manchester.

A first-ever FA Cup final between the city’s two famous clubs meant the red of United and the blue of City were the only two colours in town.

Over 80,000 Mancunians were at Wembley to watch the League Cup holders and the Premier League champions battle it out.

Those left behind enjoyed the sunshine, a few drinks and a generous amount of teasing in what has been a remarkably relaxed atmosphere given the passions both these clubs inspire.

It’s the City fans who won the bragging rights though, after their skipper Ilkay Gundogan scored twice to secure a 2-1 win, and to keep alive their hopes of a United-matching treble. The German’s first goal, another piece of history, was the fastest ever in an FA Cup final.

City will now play Inter Milan next weekend in the Champions League Final in Istanbul on Saturday.

“It’s on!” City fans kept telling us after the game, “Bring on Inter!”

Blues Alice and Anna had tickets for the final but didn’t go because of the rail strike.

“I understand the strike,” says Alice, “I know that they need maximum publicity, but I’m still gutted we couldn’t go.”

The United fans we spoke to were gracious in defeat. After all, it’s hard to be too devastated when the team that beats you has been touted by the pundits as the best club team in the world, and possibly the greatest Premier League team in the competition’s history.

United fans are taking heart that their club is still improving after the rocky post-Sir Alex Ferguson years. And because they have secured the League Cup and Champions League status for next season.

For the fans in blue though, for now at least, the city is theirs.

Reflecting on the game, Fernandes, Manchester United’s captain, told BBC Sport: “Everyone is down and it’s really difficult. We wanted to end the season in a different way but it wasn’t possible.

“We’ve made big steps for next season, it wasn’t a successful season overall but it was a good one. We have to come back next season and try to win bigger trophies.”

Guardiola’s side now have the opportunity to go one better next Saturday by matching United’s 1999 feat of winning the Treble – the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League – if they beat Inter Milan in the European final in Istanbul.

City last won the FA Cup in 2019 when they thrashed Watford 6-0.

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