FA Cup: Man United Pair Kobbie Mainoo, Garnacho Equal Long Standing Cristiano Ronaldo Record

FA Cup: Man United Pair Kobbie Mainoo, Garnacho Equal Long Standing Cristiano Ronaldo Record

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 25, 2024 at 4:23 PM
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  • Manchester United beat Manchester City to clinch the 2024 FA Cup
  • Goals from Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho sealed a 2-1 win
  • The United rising stars equalled a record held by Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United duo Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho matched a long-standing record held by Cristiano Ronaldo after their FA Cup victory over Manchester City in the final.

First-half goals from Mainoo and Garnacho secured a stunning 2-1 win for United over their 'noisy neighbours' in the world’s oldest football competition on Saturday, May 25.

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Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho matched a goal-scoring record previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo. Photos by Matthew Peters, Richard Sellers/Allstar and Crystal Pix/MB Media.
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Mainoo, Garnacho equal Ronaldo's FA Cup record

Argentine wonderkid Garnacho, 19, struck first for United at the half-hour mark, capitalising on a miscommunication between Josko Gvardiol and goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

Fellow 19-year-old, Kobbie Mainoo, doubled the lead for Erik Ten Hag's men by finishing off a sweeping United move that caught the City defence off guard in the 39th minute.

In doing so, Garnacho and Mainoo became the first teenagers to score in an FA Cup final since Cristiano Ronaldo did so against Millwall in 2004, per Opta Analyst.

Teenagers power United to FA Cup success

A second-half strike from substitute Jeremy Doku provided a late scare for Man United, but the first-half goals from their teenage talents secured a 2-1 victory over City, 90Min reports.

United held on to clinch the win, marking their 13th FA Cup triumph, one less than Arsenal (14).

For the Red Devils, it was a fitting end to a tumultuous season, which saw them finish eighth in the Premier League, their worst in the era.

The victory against City, who had been crowned Premier League champions just a week earlier for a historic fourth time in a row, served as perfect revenge for ten Hag, who had lost to the same opponents in last season's final.

African trio taste FA Cup glory with United

Sports Brief also reported that Manchester United's African trio, Andre Onana, Amad Diallo, and Sofyan Amrabat, clinched the English FA Cup.

Onana and Amrabat played pivotal roles in the final against Manchester City, while Diallo contributed significantly during the quarter-finals against Liverpool despite not featuring in the final match.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.