Manchester United will face off against arch-rivals Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup on 3rd of June 2023, but the odds are stacked against the Red Devils as they seek to lift the trophy for the first time since 2016.
Recent history suggests that Manchester United is unlikely to emerge victorious in the final, with the team having suffered a string of defeats and near-misses in the competition over the past few years.
One of the main factors working against United is their lack of form heading into the final. The team has struggled for consistency this season, with a string of disappointing results in the Premier League leaving them languishing in top 4. In contrast, Manchester City has been in scintillating form, winning a string of matches and establishing themselves as one of the strongest teams in EPL.
Another factor is the psychological advantage that Manchester City holds over their cross-town rivals. City has emerged victorious in the majority of their recent encounters, including a 3-0 win in the the FA semi finals. This psychological edge could prove crucial in the high-pressure environment of a cup final.
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However there is no denying the talent and quality in the Manchester United squad, it seems that history and recent form are against them in this crucial match-up and from the results of their head to head. If the team is to overcome the odds and secure a victory, they will need to pull off a major upset and produce one of their best performances of the season.