On Saturday 3rd of June, Manchester City and Manchester United meet in what will be the first-ever Manchester derby cup final.
There is added significance to this game, as Pep Guardiola’s men look well on their way to winning a potential treble as they managed to book their place in this season’s Champions League final against Inter Milan in Istanbul - United are the only team in English football history to achieve a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble, doing so in 1998/99.
If United manage to stop City, then, in turn, they will win their first-ever domestic cup double (League Cup and FA Cup) and cap off a superb first season for Erik ten Hag.
This will be the first time that these sides have met in the FA Cup since Manchester United beat City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium back in January 2012, where the Red Devils took full advantage of a 12th-minute red card for Vincent Kompany by racing into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals by Wayne Rooney (2) and Danny Welbeck before City set up a grandstand finish via strikes from Aleksandr Kolarov and Sergio Aguero.
When these sides have met in the Premier League there have been contrasting results, with City thrashing United 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium back in October as Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both bagged hat-tricks; while United managed to get revenge on their city rivals with a 2-1 comeback win at Old Trafford in January via late strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.
Arguably, the league results make this game even more intriguing, with ten Hag’s men stifling City to just five shots (one on target) at the Theatre of Dreams, while the Red Devils have also shown frailties when going behind in some matches, losing 4-0, 6-3 and 7-0 to the likes of Brentford, City and Liverpool.
A frequently talked about point has been the Red Devils' lack of success away from home against the top ten sides in the Premier League this season, having only registered one win (away at Fulham), interestingly though, City have only fared slightly better, managing just two wins away at the top ten sides, with these victories coming at Arsenal and Fulham.