2024 FA Cup Final: How Man City and Man United Lined Up in 2023 Showdown Ahead of Wembley Rematch

2024 FA Cup Final: How Man City and Man United Lined Up in 2023 Showdown Ahead of Wembley Rematch

Joel Reyes
May 24, 2024 at 10:41 AM
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  • Manchester United and Manchester City locked horns in the final of the 2023 FA Cup
  • Three of United's starters from last year's final left the club after the 2022-23 season
  • All of Manchester City's starters last year are back this time except for Ilkay Gundogan

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It's Manchester City versus Manchester United again in the 2024 FA Cup final.

It is a repeat of the cup final contested at Wembley Stadium last year.

Sports Brief looks at how the two clubs lined up in the 2023 FA Cup Final ahead of the much-anticipated rematch.

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Pep Guardiola and Erik ten Hag argue with each other during the 2023 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Manchester United. Image: Adrian Dennis.
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Manchester City's starters in 2023 final

Manchester City lined up in a 3-2-4-1 formation against Manchester United in last year's FA Cup final, with Erling Haaland leading the attack, per ESPN.

Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo Silva supported the Norwegian forward up front. Rodri and John Stones formed City's midfield.

Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, and Kyle Walker made up the back line for Man City, while keeper Stefan Ortega got the start in goal.

The attack-minded lineup immediately paid dividends for Pep Guardiola, who saw his side take the lead inside 12 seconds thanks to a superb goal from Gundogan.

He doubled his tally in the second half to seal the win for Manchester City.

Gundogan is the only starter from last year's final who will not be playing in the 2024 showdown with Manchester United. The German star left City after the 2022-23 season to join Barcelona.

Manchester United's starters in 2023 final

The Red Devils played a 4-2-3-1 formation against Manchester City in last year's FA Cup final, with Marcus Rashford leading United's attack.

Jadon Sancho, Christian Eriksen, and Bruno Fernandes supported the English forward up front, while Fred and Casemiro manned the United midfield.

Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka started in defence for Manchester United, while keeper David de Gea got the start in goal.

The line-up didn't yield the desired result for manager Erik ten Hag as United lost 2-1 to City.

A lot has changed for the Red Devils since that final. Three members of that starting lineup are no longer United players. Fred joined Turkish club, Fenerbahce, while Jadon Sancho moved to Borussia Dortmund on a loan deal after having a disagreement with ten Hag.

De Gea also didn't return after United withdrew their contract offer for him and opted to sign Andre Onana instead, per Sky Sports.

Maguire shows support to United teammates

Sports Brief recently reported on Harry Maguire's injury after he was been ruled out of Saturday's FA Cup final due to a muscle injury.

Despite his disappointment, he still showed support to his teammates, relaying a message to the Red Devils in a post on Instagram.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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