This could be the first major Cup final at New Wembley
Oliver Brown says the showpiece game has been a wet squib since returning to the National Stadium in 2007, but this Manchester derby – with so much on the way for both sides – could change all that.
United fans descend on Kilburn High Road
By Sam Wallace
Kilburn High Road in north west London is a popular pre-match destination for Manchester United fans when the team play at Wembley. They were there in force for the Carabao Cup final in February, but the crowd is even bigger today. The presence of the police encountered was only necessary to prevent the crowds outside pubs around Kilburn Jubilee line station from spilling onto the road. Not a City shirt in sight.
Ortega starts in goal for City
By James Ducker and Telegraph Sport
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that No.2 goalkeeper Stefan Ortega will start in the FA Cup final against Manchester United.
Ortega has started every round of the competition for Manchester City this season and Guardiola says the German will keep his place at Ederson’s expense.
“He will play yeah, it’s always like that, even in Barcelona, the goalkeeper who played in the FA Cup [stays in goal]”said the city manager.
Guardiola also said Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake are all available after minor injury issues.
“They’ve been training well the last two days – no worries,” he said. “They are more or less fine.”
Guardiola also believes preventing Manchester City from winning the treble could give Manchester United extra motivation in the FA Cup final.
For the Premier League winners, City’s win could be the second leg of a potentially glorious treble with the Champions League final coming up next week.
United, on the other hand – as the only side to win all three competitions in the same season, back in 1999 – will be eager to stop them and protect their place in history.
City manager Guardiola said: “I could understand that. He belongs to them, that’s normal. Sport is like that.
“‘It belongs to us – we don’t want anyone else to do it’, it’s normal, this feeling. It’s completely understandable. But it’s a game of football, which will be the best will win.
United boss Erik ten Hag, however, played down the festive aspect of his team’s task. The Dutchman enjoyed an encouraging debut season at Old Trafford after winning the Carabao Cup and reclaiming a Champions League place.
“I know what the fans are thinking,” Ten Hag said. “But what we want is to restore Manchester United by winning trophies. We have the opportunity to win a trophy and we don’t want to be distracted by anything.
“If it’s important for the fans, then it’s important for us, so we’ll give everything to win the cup.”
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