Manchester United fans braced for the worst this morning, fearing a dominant performance from Manchester City. The Citizens had recently surpassed United's record for most consecutive league titles, winning their fourth in a row after narrowly beating Arsenal for the Premier League crown. Adding to United's woes, City had already bested them twice in the league this season.

Yet, in a twist reminiscent of last year's FA Cup final, Manchester United rose to the occasion. A blunder by Josko Gvardiol in the 30th minute gifted Alejandro Garnacho a clear opportunity, which he seized, putting United ahead. Just minutes later, Bruno Fernandes showcased his vision with a sublime pass to Kobbie Mainoo, who doubled the lead with a confident finish.

City, known for their resilience, fought back. Erling Haaland hit the woodwork at the start of the second half, a warning sign of their attacking intent. Julian Alvarez then squandered a golden opportunity in a one-on-one situation, failing to convert what seemed a certain goal.

Despite these close calls, it wasn’t until the 87th minute that City breached United's defense. Jeremy Doku's low strike slipped under Andre Onana's hands, cutting United's lead to one and setting up a nervy finish. However, United's defense held firm in the dying minutes, ensuring they lifted the FA Cup.

This victory marks Manchester United's 13th FA Cup triumph, placing them just one behind Arsenal's record of 14 titles. The win not only brings silverware to Old Trafford but also raises questions about the future of manager Erik ten Hag. Despite securing the trophy, reports suggest his job remains in jeopardy, a decision likely influenced by United's inconsistent league performance this season.

The match was a testament to United's resilience and ability to capitalize on key moments. While City controlled possession and created numerous chances, United's efficiency in front of goal proved decisive. Garnacho's early strike set the tone, and Mainoo's composed finish added to the pressure on City. Fernandes' leadership and playmaking were crucial, and Onana's crucial saves, despite the late goal, helped secure the victory.

The loss is a rare setback for Manchester City in an otherwise dominant season. Despite their attacking prowess and multiple chances, they could not overturn the early deficit. The defeat will likely spur them on as they continue to chase more silverware in other competitions.

Ultimately, it was a day for Manchester United fans to savor as their team defied expectations and secured a memorable FA Cup victory against their fiercest rivals.