Manchester United, under the leadership of manager Erik ten Hag, overcame the odds to secure a remarkable FA Cup final win against Manchester City, the strong favorites, at Wembley Stadium.

Despite widespread expectations that United’s new co-owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, would dismiss Ten Hag regardless of the match’s result, the manager delivered a stunning performance on what might be his final day in charge. This victory marks the pinnacle of Ten Hag’s two-year tenure and stands as United’s most significant achievement in recent years, especially after a season of lackluster performances.

United’s victory disrupted Manchester City’s hopes of achieving a second consecutive domestic double, thanks to an impressive first-half showing. Goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo were crucial in this triumph.

Garnacho capitalized on a mix-up between City’s goalkeeper Stefan Ortega and defender Josko Gvardiol, scoring into an open net at the 30-minute mark. Mainoo added a second goal nine minutes later, finishing a well-executed move initiated by Bruno Fernandes’ delicate assist.

The second half saw City intensify their efforts, with Erling Haaland hitting the goalpost, and United’s keeper Andre Onana making critical saves from Kyle Walker. Julian Alvarez also squandered a significant opportunity. Although City substitute Jeremy Doku managed to score with four minutes remaining, Manchester United held on to clinch a famous victory.

This win secured United’s 13th FA Cup, their first since 2016, and may serve as a memorable high point if it proves to be Ten Hag’s last match as manager.