Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan (right) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday. Associated Press
Manchester City’s mission to win a treble of major trophies stayed on track after beating Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup final on Saturday, with the first of Ilkay Gundogan’s two goals coming after a record 13 seconds.
With City having already retained the Premier League, now only a first-ever Champions League title stands between Pep Guardiola's team and immortality in English soccer.
Gundogan, City’s captain, scored the quickest goal in an FA Cup final - timed by British broadcaster BBC at 12.91 seconds - only for United midfielder Bruno Fernandes to convert a 33rd-minute penalty against the run of play after Jack Grealish was adjudged to have handled the ball.
If Gundogan’s opener was probably his best goal for City, his 51st-minute winning goal might be one of his scrappiest as he met a cross from Kevin De Bruyne from a free kick with a left-foot volley that bobbled between two United defenders and past goalkeeper David De Gea.
United was looking to protect its proud status as the only team to win the league-FA Cup-European Cup treble, in 1999, but now needs a favor from Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul on June 10.
It was the 142nd FA Cup final and the first between the two Manchester clubs, with Prince William and United great David Beckham among those in attendance at England’s national stadium.
Manchester United will face Liverpool in the blockbuster tie of the FA Cup fourth round, while League Two Cheltenham host Manchester City. Liverpool and United will clash for two consecutive weekends with the top two also facing off in the Premier League on Sunday.
Manchester United beat Brighton on penalties at Wembley on Sunday to set up an FA Cup final against treble-chasing Manchester City. Victor Lindelof scored the decisive spot-kick as Erik ten Hag's team won 7-6.
Despite the scintillating form of league leaders Manchester City, Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not giving up hope that his men can challenge Pep Guardiola’s rampant charges for the Premier League title,
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned “wasteful” Manchester United to be “more clinical” after they edged into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a hard-fought 1-0 win against West Ham on Tuesday. Solskjaer’s side were well below their best in a scrappy fifth
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