Manchester City vs Manchester United: What did Pep Guardiola make about the FA Cup final defeat?

The Red Devils started the final on front foot and scored twice in the first half through Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo.

Pep Guardiola in a file photo; Credit: Manchester City Twitter page
By Karthik Raman | May 27, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Manchester United produced one of the biggest shocks of the season after overcoming favourites City 2-1 in the FA Cup final. This was not a result many saw coming due to the contrasting forms of both sides. Man City were the clear favourites to get the win on the back of their incredible Premier League run. Fresh from winning a record fourth consecutive league title, City were backed by many to comfortably get past United in the final.

The form was neither on Manchester United’s side. The Red Devils endured a disappointing campaign and performed well below par in other competitions. They suffered early eliminations in the Carabao Cup and Champions League. besides, United could only manage an eight-place finish in the Premier League. Hence, the only chance for them to qualify for the Europa League was by winning the FA Cup final. The form though was on Manchester City‘s side and they were expected to win the final without much fuss.

However, Manchester United had another idea. The Red Devils started the final on the front foot and scored twice in the first half through Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo. Erik ten Hag’s tactics worked to perfection, as United prevented City from causing any real danger despite having a lot of possession. Man City came at United in the second half more and forced themselves a late goal through Jeremy Doku but it proved to be nothing but a consolation.

Pep Guardiola on FA Cup final defeat

After the final, City manager Pep Guardiola gave an honest assessment of his team’s performance. Even though Guardiola admitted his disappointment with the result, he was happy with his team’s second-half fight. “We talk and now we are sad, but we celebrate what an incredible achievement we have done and come back,” Guardiola, quoted on the club’s website, said in his post-match press conference.

He added: “In football and in life you win and lose but like in the second half we never gave up. The feeling of course when you lose a final you are disappointed, but we celebrated this week the joy of the Premier League. We make 91 points because we have won a lot of points, in general really, really good. You have to be so proud and to celebrate what we have done.”

Guardiola went in depth with his team’s performance, as he spoke about what they were unable to do on that day. “You plan a game for the oppositions, but it didn’t work. That was that. Even with that, we arrived two or three times in final third with the byline and crosses for nothing. They make a one shot, [we gave] the goal away and the goal from Mainoo, no more than that. We had control and normally we create, but in the second half we were not able to do it,” he explained.

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