MAN UNITED PLAYER RATINGS: David de Gea and Christian Eriksen fail to make their mark as Erik ten Hag’s side suffer defeat in the FA Cup final – while Jadon Sancho has an afternoon to forget against Man City at Wembley
Manchester City put themselves within touching distance of a historic Treble after beating rivals Man United 2-1 in the FA Cup final.
Erik ten Hag’s side came out second best after an intense encounter at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, following a brace from German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
The 32-year-old opened the scoring with a record-breaking goal, after notching just 12 seconds into the first-half – the quickest goal in FA Cup final history.
Bruno Fernandes struck back before the break but the German fired his back ahead in the second-half and they didn’t look back from there.
And so, here, Mail Sport’s Chris Wheeler provides ratings and reviews for each player in the United side.
Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by rivals Manchester City in the 2022-23 FA Cup final
Manchester City made it a domestic double having won the Premier League title last month
DAVID DE GEA 5 – Wrong-footed for the first goal and slow to react for the second, but kept United in the game with reflex save from Haaland
AARON WAN-BISSAKA 7 – Selected to man-mark Grealish and did his job well. Even won a penalty for handball off the City No.10
RAPHAEL VARANE 6.5 – Handled Haaland well on the whole and could have scored with close-range volley before half-time.
VICTOR LINDELOF 6 – Unconvincing header presented Gundogan with a chance for the opener but settled after that.
LUKE SHAW 7 – Didn’t emerge as an attacking presence until the second half. Made a vital interception to deny Grealish late on.
CASEMIRO 6 – Lucky to get away unpunished with a late challenge on Akanji in the first half. Didn’t have a big enough impact.
Brazilian midfielder Fred put himself about but ultimately couldn’t prevent United’s defeat
FRED 6.5 – Used as the extra midfielder to try and stifle City and put himself about. Finally booked for a foul on Grealish.
BRUNO FERNANDES 6.5 – Played on the right and he isn’t as effective as in a central role. Cool finish from the penalty spot.
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN 5 – Handed the No.10 role but it didn’t work on this occasion. First player to be replaced by Erik ten Hag.
JADON SANCHO 4.5 – Another big chance on the big stage goes begging. Didn’t really turn up and subbed by Weghorst.
MARCUS RASHFORD 6 – One shot narrowly over but isolated and largely subdued. Finished the game limping heavily.
Jadon Sancho (right) struggled to impact the match at Wembley for Manchester United
ERIK TEN HAG 6 – Tried the same tactics that worked against Pep Guardiola in the Old Trafford derby, but lost to a better side.
Subs: Butland, Maguire, Malacia, Dalot, Weghorst (for Sancho 73, 5), Pellistri, Elanga, McTominay (for Lindelof 83, 6), Garnacho (for Eriksen 62, 6.5)
Scorer: Fernandes pen 33
Booked: Fred, Wan-Bissaka