Man City vs Man Utd: Preview, lineups and predictions

  • Man City face Man Utd in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon at Wembley
  • The weekend clash is a repeat of the 2022/23 FA Cup final that Man City won 2-1
  • Cityzens finished Premier League season as champions, with Red Devils stuck in eighth

For the second season in a row, it will be a northern affair in the FA Cup final when Manchester City face local rivals Manchester United in the showpiece event at Wembley on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's side ran out 2-1 victors in last season's final thanks to an Ilkay Gundogan brace and some iffy goalkeeping from David de Gea.

The world champions will head into Saturday's final full of confidence after claiming a record fourth successive Premier League title last weekend, with the Cityzens aiming to do a domestic double despite being unable to repeat their treble heroics of last season.

Meanwhile, Man Utd are in comparatively low spirits after an incredibly underwhelming campaign. They missed out on European football after finishing a lowly eighth in the Premier League but know victory this weekend will ensure they play in next season's Europa League. Whether Erik ten Hag will be at Old Trafford next term regardless of Saturday's result remains to be seen.

Here is 90min's preview of the FA Cup final between Man City and Man Utd.

What time does Man City vs Man Utd kick-off?

  • Location: London, England
  • Stadium: Wembley Stadium
  • Date: Saturday 25 May
  • Kick-off Time: 15:00 BST / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
  • Referee: Andy Madley
  • VAR: Michael Oliver

Man City vs Man Utd H2H Record (Last Five Games)

  • Man City: 4 wins
  • Man Utd: 1 win
  • Draws: 0

Current form (all competitions)

Man City

Man Utd

Man City 3-1 West Ham - 19/05/24

Brighton 0-2 Man Utd - 19/05/24

Tottenham 0-2 Man City - 14/05/24

Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle - 15/05/24

Fulham 0-4 Man City - 11/05/24

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal - 12/05/24

Man City 5-1 Wolves - 04/05/24

Crystal Palace 4-0 Man Utd - 06/05/24

Nottingham Forest 0-2 Man City - 28/04/24

Man Utd 1-1 Burnley - 27/04/24

How to watch Man City vs Man Utd on TV and live stream


TV channel / live stream

United Kingdom

BBC One, BBC Scotland, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web, ITV1, ITVX, STV Scotland, STV Player, UTV

United States



Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet Now Plus, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet West

Man City team news

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Ederson is sidelined for the big game / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Man City have just one injury concern heading to the capital and that is goalkeeper Ederson. The Brazilian fractured his eye socket during the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and is still unavailable, although Stefan Ortega may well have started the final anyway given he has been used in the FA Cup this term.

While Guardiola is always capable of springing a surprise with his team selection, his first-choice starting lineup seems to more or less choose itself at present. The likes of Josko Gvardiol, Rodri, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland are guaranteed to start.

Man City predicted lineup vs Man Utd

Man City predicted lineup vs Man Utd (4-2-3-1): Ortega; Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Silva, De Bruyne, Foden; Haaland.

Man Utd team news

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire is out of action / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Having been hamstrung by injuries all season, Ten Hag has some of his key players back at the perfect time. However, not all his injured stars are guaranteed to be fit for Wembley.

Tyrell Malacia is one of Man Utd's only confirmed absentees for the clash, although fellow left-back Luke Shaw seems unlikely to return against Man City despite Ten Hag stating he's got a slim chance of being fit.

Ten Hag has confirmed Harry Maguire is also sidelined, but Victor Lindelof, Mason Mount and Anthony Martial have all returned to training.

Man Utd predicted lineup vs Man City

Man Utd predicted lineup vs Man City (4-2-3-1): Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Dalot; Casemiro, Mainoo; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

Man City vs Man Utd score prediction

The return of some key players in recent weeks will offer Man Utd hope of avenging last season's final defeat, while also saving an otherwise torrid campaign. However, the Red Devils have lost six of their last seven meetings with Man City, including both league clashes this season.

Man City are unbeaten across 90 minutes in all competitions since early December and even the most optimistic Man Utd fan would have to admit victory for Ten Hag's side is unlikely this weekend.

The FA Cup final can produce some surprising moments, but City are likely to come out on top at Wembley.

Prediction: Man City 2-0 Man Utd

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