This Manchester United defensive duo must start to beat Man City - pundit

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The two Manchester clubs go head to head at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester United and Manchester City are preparing to do battle at Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

And pundits Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane have been having their say ahead of the game, with City looking to complete the double following their Premier League title success on the final day.

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And Carragher believes defensive duo Lisandro Martínez and Raphaël Varane have to start for United in Saturday’s 3pm KO to have any chance of stopping city rivals City from completing the double.

Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, Carragher said: “He [Erik ten Hag] has got to take a chance with players who are probably not fully fit – Lisandro Martínez and Raphaël Varane. Those two have to play at centre-back.

“Varane – if he plays to the level that he can, he’s a good player. Who are you going to put there, Casemiro? Johnny Evans? You’ve got to stop Erling Haaland.” 

Meanwhile, United legend Roy Keane said: “You [Gary Neville] are saying that you’ll be watching the FA Cup Final behind the sofa. That’s a sad state of affairs, if you feel you can’t watch Manchester United in a cup final – there’s always that hope that they will turn up and produce some sort of performance.

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“I look at this Manchester City game over the past few weeks – are they favourites? Of course, but you’ve still got to believe. You have to have some belief in United and that they can turn up at Wembley and produce a performance.”

He added: “The noise coming out from Manchester United last year after they lost the final was that they were almost patting themselves on the back for getting to the final. Cut that crap out – you have to turn up and put in a performance. Don’t go down after 15 seconds – give yourself a bit of a chance. The game was over after that – City toyed with them, took their eye off for a little bit and gave them a little bit of encouragement.”

Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane were speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, brought to you by Sky Bet.

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