Erik Ten Hag argument and David Beckham frustration in five moments missed from Man City 2-1 Man Utd

Manchester City moved one step closer to completing the treble as they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
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Manchester City won the FA Cup on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

An Ilkay Gundogan double ensured Pep Guardiola’s side kept their treble hopes alive, with the Champions League final awaiting in Turkey next week. But at Wembley, City were by far the superior side and dominated for the majority of the encounter.

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United struggled to get on the ball and sustain regular attacks, while there were several underwhelming displays from the Red Devils. But there were plenty of moments that could have passed spectators by in the final - we’ve rounded up five that supporters could have missed.

Pre-match gifts

Ahead of the match, every fan at Wembley had a piece of commemorative memorabilia left on their seats. For United supporters, the club gifted a bucket and flag, while blue and white flags greeted City fans upon arrival. Both ends of the ground waved their respective gifts as the players walked out onto the pitch, which made for an incredible spectacle.

Yelling Timber

Erik ten Hag’s former player Jurrien Timber was spotted at Wembley before the match. There has been speculation that the defender is a summer target for United, while he was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford last year. Norwegian journalist Fredrik A. Filtvedt tweeted a picture of Timber on Wembley Way, which will only lead to increased reports about his future in the coming weeks.

Interesting observants

There were several notable personnel in the Wembley crowd on Saturday, with United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham in attendance. But one less popular spectator was co-chairman Avram Glazer. The American was actually sat alongside Ferguson in the directors’ section, amid the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the takeover.

Noisy neighbours

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There was certainly no love lost between both sets of players, with strong challenges flying in throughout the game. But even among friends there was plenty of needle. Jack Grealish exchanged words with international team-mates Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw during the game, while Bernardo Silva pushed away fellow Portuguese colleague Bruno Fernandes as the latter complained to the officials at the end of the game. Meanwhile, on the sidelines, Guardiola and Erik ten Hag were seen arguing at the end of the second half after Paul Tierney failed to award a penalty against Fred.

Captain fantastic

With Gundogan and Fernandes netting in the game, Saturday’s FA Cup final was the first where both of the starting captains scored, while the former became the oldest player to net a cup final hat-trick since Nat Lofthouse for Bolton Wanderers in 1958. It was quite the afternoon for Gundogan, who also netted the fastest-ever goal in an FA Cup final.

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