Manchester Derby: United and City to Clash in the FA Cup Final
The Manchester Derby, +1! Manchester's top teams meet in the FA Cup final.
Will the Manchester Derby be staged in the FA Cup final? The answer came in the early hours of the morning Beijing time today. At Wembley Stadium, Manchester United and Brighton fought for 120 minutes to a goalless draw, eventually deciding the winner through seven rounds of penalty kicks. The more experienced Red Devils had the last laugh and successfully set up a showdown with their city rivals, Manchester City – as United suffered a shock elimination from the Europa League last week, the FA Cup has become their last chance to compete for a trophy this season.
According to statistics, this is the third time Manchester United has reached the finals of both the League Cup and the FA Cup, two domestic cup competitions, in the same season, following the 1982/83 and 1993/94 seasons. This is also the 21st time in United's history that they have reached the FA Cup final, tying Arsenal for the most appearances in history. Arsenal has won the title 14 times in their 21 finals, while United has won 12 times in their previous 20 finals. This time, facing the recently unstoppable Manchester City, can United thwart the mad genius of Pep Guardiola?