Man Utd player ratings vs Man City: The kids are more than alright! Teenage stars Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo light up FA Cup final to ensure Erik ten Hag gets fond farewell


Never write Manchester United off. Never. No one gave them a chance against the all-conquering Manchester City, especially when it emerged that Erik ten Hag was about to be sacked. But after a horrendous Premier League campaign, United took the game to their noisy neighbours and won their first FA Cup in eight years. And they did it thanks to their fearless youngsters Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho, who were nurtured so well by Ten Hag.

United looked up for it from the first whistle, when Rashford forced Kyle Walker into a lung-busting sprint. Walker won it, but it set the tone, and the next time City were on the backfoot, United pounced. Garnacho seized on a mix-up between Stefan Ortega and Josko Gvardiol to give the Red Devils a shock lead.

The Argentina international was electric, setting up Rashford for a goal that was ruled offside, and the pair combined again for the exquisite second goal, completed by a deft pass from Bruno Fernandes to Mainoo.

City improved after the break after Guardiola made a series of substitutions, but United, marshalled by their superb centre-backs Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane, looked to have weathered the storm.

Then out of nowhere, a slip-up from Andre Onana gifted Jeremy Doku a goal that breathed life into a strangely out-of-sorts City. Of course United weren’t going to make this easy, but they survived, giving Ten Hag one hell of a send-off.

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His calm footwork allowed United to have long periods of possession and settled their nerves. And his shot-stopping was initially spot-on, making two fine saves to deny Walker. He then undid all that fine work by being beaten by Doku at his near post, but he just about got away with it.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7/10):

A superb performance in what could be his last game for the club. Had a calm first half, was put to the test when Doku came on but passed it with flying colours.

Raphael Varane (7/10):

The perfect farewell to what has been an underwhelming time with United. His anticipation and positioning was spot-on, helping keep Haaland quiet.

Lisandro Martinez (8/10):

What a difference it makes when your best centre-back is available. The Argentine dovetailed with Onana as United played out from the back with a confidence barely seen this season, and he was at his combative best.

Diogo Dalot (8/10):

A fine performance even at left-back. Contained Bernardo Silva and put his body on the line, making plenty of blocks and clearances.

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