United pursuing domestic-cup feat in Saturday's final

Wednesday 31 May 2023 12:15

Manchester United will go in pursuit of winning both major domestic cups in the same season for the first time in our history on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds face Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup final (15:00 BST kick-off) at Wembley Stadium, just over three months on from our Carabao Cup success against Newcastle United at the same ground.

Victory in the derby would cap off a successful first season for United under the management of Erik ten Hag and achieve the feat that we’ve never quite managed to do before.
Remarkably, we’ve won the two competitions 18 times combined (12 FA Cups, six League Cups), but never have two of those successes ever been celebrated in the same campaign.

The closest our teams of the past have come to doing that were on the previous occasions that we reached both finals: in the 1982/83 and 1993/94 seasons.

In 82/83, Ron Atkinson’s United lost the League Cup final in extra-time to Liverpool, before getting the better of Brighton – after a replay – at the same stage of the FA Cup.

Just over a decade later, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Reds beat Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley to complete a league and cup Double, which somewhat atoned for losing the League Cup final to Aston Villa – taken charge of by our former manager Atkinson – earlier in the term.
Should United be successful on Saturday, it would be the sixth time a club has won both of England’s major domestic cups in the same campaign.

Arsenal were the first to do so in 1992/93, while Liverpool are the only team to have done it twice, with last season’s success following on from their first time in 2000/01.

Chelsea (2006/07) and Saturday’s opponents Manchester City (2018/19) have also lifted both trophies within a single term.
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The Reds have of course completed half of the job following February’s 2-0 win over the Magpies in the Carabao Cup final.

First-half goals from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford were enough to see us register our first piece of silverware under Ten Hag’s tutelage.

A second could be added at the weekend when we play in our 21st men’s FA Cup final (a joint-record with Arsenal), as we pursue a sixth FA Cup victory in the last seven Manchester derbies to be played in the competition.