Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is confident his side can win the Emirates FA Cup

The Dutchman believes his side are capable of revenge after last season's defeat to City at Wembley

Thursday 23 May 2024


Manchester United take on Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup Final on Sunday hoping to right the wrongs of last season's 2-1 defeat to the same opponent.

United have won this competition 12 times and can move closer to Arsenal (14) in the all-time rankings with victory here.

And manager Erik ten Hag will be hoping his side can capitalise on their dramatic progress to this stage, having beaten Liverpool 4-3 in the quarter-finals and overcome Coventry on penalties in the final four.

The match kicks off at 3pm and is live on BBC One and ITV1. Find out where you can watch the game via our global broadcast list here.

Ten Hag said:

"It has been a long and sometimes difficult season but here we are, on the final day, with an opportunity to secure our second major trophy in two campaigns. For all the issues we have had to deal with, I think that says a lot about our personality as a group.

"We showed patience in the earlier rounds against Wigan Athletic, Newport County and Nottingham Forest. We showed our resolve to keep going and beat Liverpool in extra time and, in the semi-finals, we kept our nerve to win a penalty shootout against Coventry City in which a lot of teams would have panicked. The players were excellent for 70 minutes, lost control of the game but then recovered to win under pressure.

"When you enter any competition you aim to win it so having reached the FA Cup Final, we are here to get our hands on the FA Cup. Of course, we have the greatest respect for Pep Guardiola and his players – their records as a manager and a team in recent times demand that from us – but we know in ourselves that we have the talent and the character to beat any team when we play at our best with a good plan.

"This afternoon’s game gives us an opportunity to get another taste of the winning habit and give ourselves something more to build upon for next season and beyond. Our players, staff and supporters will all be unified today, giving everything for each other to make that happen."

By Adam Drury