Manchester United failed to end Manchester City’s treble hopes, as their noisy neighbours lifted their second trophy of the season following a 2-1 win in the FA Cup final.
Ilkay Gundogan scored a brace that brought the lackluster attitude of some United players to the fore as much as his impeccable ball-striking ability. Stefan Ortega’s long pass from the kick-off caught United’s backline sleeping and the ball kindly fell for the German midfielder to rattle the net from a ferocious volley.
Bruno Fernandes levelled the scores before the break. But the start of the second half was no better. This time, Gundogan’s strike from outside the penalty area caught David de Gea by surprise, whose tame effort could only push the ball into his net.
With the score-line at 2-1 in the 51st minute, the Red Devils had plenty of time to make amends, but some of their players were equally uninspiring at the opposite end.
Jadon Sancho, in particular, delivered a very underwhelming display. The former City talent had the perfect opportunity to show both sets of fans his ability, but he simply failed to show up at Wembley.
Erik ten Hag wasn’t very impressed with Sancho’s performance and was spotted having a ‘right go’ at the Englishman from the touchline. Minutes later, he was subbed off. In comparison, Alejandro Garnacho was absolutely electrifying and tested the City backline more than any other United forward.
Ten Hag got his tactics right, but may look back on his decision to start Sancho over Garnacho with some regret.
The Dutch coach might also regret extending David de Gea’s contract. Despite making several errors in crucial games this season, the Spaniard is set to be rewarded with a new contract instead of being allowed to leave on a free transfer.