Manchester United stun City to clinch FA Cup

Teenage stars Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo secure United's second trophy in two years

Manchester United snatched the FA Cup away from Manchester City, securing a 2-1 victory on Saturday (25 May), denying their local rivals a domestic double at Wembley Stadium.

United dominated the first half, with teenagers Alejandro Garnacho (30th minute) and Kobbie Mainoo (39th minute) putting them firmly in control.

Teenage stars Alejandro Garnacho (right) and Kobbie Mainoo (left)

City responded with renewed vigour after the break, but heroic goalkeeping from André Onana and a touch of misfortune with the woodwork kept them at bay.

A consolation goal from Jérémy Doku in the 87th minute only served to heighten the tension in a dramatic finale.

Speaking to the BBC after the match, a jubilant Bruno Fernandes, United captain, reflected on the importance of the win: “It was the last chance to get something positive from the season. We were here last season and we weren’t good enough and we had to see them go up and get the trophy. It is crucial for everyone. We know the manager is under so much scrutiny; he deserves this, also everyone in the backroom staff and the players; we all deserve this.”

The Red Devils’ victory comes amidst a backdrop of swirling rumours about manager Erik ten Hag’s potential dismissal. However, the Dutchman himself remained confident about his future at the club.

“I don’t think about this,” ten Hag asserted. “I’m in a project and we are exactly where we want to be. We’re constructing a team. What you see is the team is developing; the team is winning. At the end of the day, it’s about winning trophies, and the team also plays through an identity.”

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag with the FA Cup following victory over city rivals Manchester City

“There is still a lot of work to do but we have a value in the squad; we have high potentials who are progressing very good. Two trophies in two years—it’s not bad. Three finals is not bad. But we have to keep going. If they don’t want me anymore, then I go anywhere else to win trophies because that is what I did my whole career,” ten Hag concluded defiantly.

Asaase Broadcasting Company airs on Asaase 99.5 Accra, Asaase 98.5 Kumasi, Asaase 99.7 Tamale, Asaase 100.3 Cape Coast, AsaasePa 107.3 (Accra).
Affiliates: Azay FM 89.1 (Takoradi), Bawku FM 101.5, Bead FM 99.9 (Bimbilla), Mining City Radio 89.5 (Tarkwa), Nyatefe Radio 94.5 (Dzodze), Somuaa FM 89.9 (Gushegu), Stone City 90.7 (Ho) and Wale FM 106.9 (Walewale).

Listen online:, Sound Garden and TuneIn.
Follow us:
Join the conversation. Accra: call 020 000 9951/054 888 8995, WhatsApp 020 000 0995. Kumasi: call 059 415 7985 or call/WhatsApp 020 631 5260. Tamale: call/WhatsApp/SMS 053 554 6468. Cape Coast: call/WhatsApp 059 388 2652.


Show More

Related Articles

Back to top button

Adblock Detected