Manchester City Wins FA Cup Final Against Manchester United
In a thrilling final match of the Emirates FA Cup, Manchester City emerged as winners against their archrivals Manchester United, with a score of 2-1. The match was played at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain, on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Both teams came into the game in good form, having secured big wins in their previous matches. City was looking to complete a historic treble after winning the Premier League and the Champions League in the same season. Meanwhile, United was hoping to upset their neighbors and win their first FA Cup since 2016.
The game started at a high tempo as both teams looked to attack from the start. However, it was City who took the lead in the 12th minute, thanks to a brilliant goal from İlkay Gündoğan. The German international midfielder received the ball outside the box and curled a stunning shot into the top corner, leaving United goalkeeper Dean Henderson with no chance.
United responded well and had several chances to equalize, but they were denied by City’s goalkeeper Ederson, who made a number of key saves. However, they finally managed to score in the 63rd minute, through a looping header from Scott McTominay, who rose above City’s defenders to meet a cross from Marcus Rashford.
The game then became an open and exciting affair, with both teams pushing forward in search of a winner. However, it was City who got the decisive goal in the 83rd minute, with a close-range strike from Raheem Sterling, who pounced on a rebound after Henderson had saved a shot from Bernardo Silva.
City’s triumph was met with wild celebrations from their fans, who had traveled to Madrid in large numbers to support their team. The victory was also a sweet revenge for City, who had lost to United in the FA Cup semi-finals just a year ago.
Speaking after the game, City manager Pep Guardiola praised his players for their performance and dedication throughout the season. “This is a special moment for us, and I’m so proud of my players and staff,” he said. “We have achieved something incredible, and we will savor it for a long time. Congratulations to United for a great game, but today was our day.”
The FA Cup win completed an unprecedented domestic treble for City, who had already won the Premier League and the League Cup. The team’s success was hailed by football pundits and fans alike, who praised their dominance and style of play.