What time is it and what TV channel is it on?

FA Cup Final 2023, Manchester City vs Manchester United: what time is it and what TV channel is it on?

Pep Guardiola has warned ahead of the first all-Manchester FA Cup final that United’s desperation to preserve their Treble legacy will make them even more dangerous for their City players at Wembley on Saturday.

United are chasing a domestic cup double while trying to prevent City from ending their cherished status as the only English club in history to win the treble in a single season.

After winning a fifth Premier League title in six years last month, City have a golden opportunity to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1998-99 side by beating United at Wembley and Inter Milan in the Premier League final. Champions League in Istanbul a week later. Learn more: Guardiola – United are dangerous, their Treble legacy is at stake.

When is the FA Cup final?

The FA Cup final will take place on Saturday June 3, 2023.

Where is the FA Cup final?

The final at Wembley Stadium in North London.

What time does the FA Cup final start?

The FA Cup final is back to its traditional 3pm kick-off for the first time in more than a decade after police ruled it a ‘high risk’ game.

Although safety and logistical advice is seen as the main factor determining decisions for the first Manchester derby final, an earlier kick-off will also appeal to fans of both clubs making the 170-mile journey.

The FA Cup final last kicked off at 3pm in 2011, but concerns have been raised about the higher risk of disorder associated with late start times.

The final will take place in June instead of the usual mid-May date after club football was pushed back this season to host a winter World Cup.

That means a date clash with the Epsom Derby, which is also being screened by ITV and is now set to start at 1.30pm, ahead of the FA Cup final.

What TV channel is the FA Cup final being shown on?

This year, the BBC and ITV have shared broadcast rights to the FA Cup and the final will be shown on both channels.

Who is the match referee?

The job went to referee Paul Tierney.

The 42-year-old hails from Wigan in Greater Manchester and is considered a Wigan Athletic fan. He has been a target for Jürgen Klopp this season, although the Liverpool manager later backtracked on highly critical comments about Tierney, and the Football Association’s decision shows they attach great importance to the arbitrator.

Tierney will be assisted by Neil Davies and Scott Ledger with fellow referee Peter Banks as fourth official. League Cup final referee David Coote will act as video assistant referee alongside Simon Long.

Paul Tierney - Getty Images/Michael Regan

Paul Tierney – Getty Images/Michael Regan

Could the FA Cup final be disrupted by protests?

By Jeremy Wilson

The Metropolitan Police have warned that any protests during the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon will be dealt with ‘quickly and robustly’ as British sport prepares for its biggest safety test this weekend. The Epsom Derby and Lord’s Test match could also face protests, but the Manchester final will have the biggest TV audience and Wembley is on high alert.

Following chaos earlier this year at the Grand National and then the World Snooker Championships, massive security operations are planned to prevent environmental and animal rights activists from disrupting other ‘jewel of the world’ sporting events. crown “.

The Football Association have spoken to police about the possibility of the FA Cup final being invaded by Just Stop Oil after activists disrupted snooker worlds in April and last Saturday’s rugby union final.

More than 1,000 police will be present in and around Wembley Stadium and Met Deputy Deputy Commissioner Ade Adelekan said: ‘Protest is legal, but protest which strays into criminal behavior is illegal and will receive the response you saw. People are subject to deportation and possibly arrest.

Security expert Alex Bomberg, chairman of Intelligent Protection International, believes the 90,000 capacity makes it impossible to stop a protester bringing powder into the stadium.

“It’s very difficult, especially when you have militants who, like in terrorism, don’t care to enter an area,” he said.

With the Epsom Downs open to the public, the Jockey Club won a High Court injunction prohibiting people from entering the racecourse or disturbing the race.

Claudia Penna Rojas, spokesperson for Animal Rising, said she was “ready to do what is necessary to do what is right for these animals”.

Manchester City’s road to the final

Manchester United’s road to the final

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United are dangerous – their Treble legacy is at stake

Guardiola, who revealed that No.2 goalkeeper Stefan Ortega will start ahead of his usual first choice Ederson after playing in every round of the tournament this season, acknowledged United will have double the motivation to overthrow City

“I haven’t spoken with Bruno Fernandes and company to find out exactly why it means more to them – the emotional reason why they’re going to play the final,” the City manager said.

“But I could understand it, I could understand… that [the Treble] belongs to them. It’s normal, sport is like that. Records will be broken. [United fans think:] ‘It belongs to us. We don’t want anyone else to do it.” So it’s normal, this feeling. This is quite understandable. But it’s a football game – whoever is better will win.

Guardiola said there was not a single mention of Inter’s game this week as they focused fully on the threat posed by United.

“No, absolutely not – we haven’t spoken once about Inter these days,” he said. “United deserve all the attention and commitment.”

After decades of playing second fiddle to United, City are now top dog and Guardiola urged his fans to seize the moment and behave themselves ahead of a game which poses both security risks and headaches logistics given club enmity, national rail strikes and the threat of pitch invasions by Just Stop Oil protesters.

“They [City fans] have fun these years and this season,” he said. “I will ask our fans to behave well first and then go out there to enjoy an incredible event. The players will give everything to beat Man United. The consequences and the outcome, who knows? I don’t know. Erik ten Hag doesn’t know. Enjoy the moment.

“Tonight, when people are travelling, and tomorrow – unfortunately with the train strike again – take advantage, and take advantage of next week to prepare for the [Champions League] final. A dream to see the team. I totally understand [what it means] for City fans, who for decades had been in the shadows behind United. Have fun, enjoy the right portion of beers before the game and that’s it. Enjoy it.”

Guardiola’s insistence that Ortega start ahead of Ederson came as a surprise on Friday. The Catalan’s decision to start Ederson understudy Zack Steffen in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool last season backfired in spectacular fashion, with the substitute goalkeeper at fault for the second goal. a 3-2 defeat at Wembley. But Guardiola said he was confident Ortega would be up to it.

“He will play yeah, it’s always like that, even in Barcelona, ​​the goalkeeper who played in the FA Cup [stays in goal]”said the City manager. “He is playing really well in the FA Cup and the last [league] Games [against Chelsea and Brighton] have a little rhythm than Eddy [Ederson] To. Eddy plays in the Champions League final.

Despite Guardiola’s claims, Ten Hag told his United players to forget all the ‘triple busting’ talk and insisted the game was about creating a new legacy for the club, not about it. preserve an old one.

“I know [what the Treble means to the fans], I know what the fans think,” the United manager said. “But what we want is to restore Manchester United by winning trophies, so on Saturday we have the opportunity to win a trophy and we don’t want to be distracted by anything. [else]. If it’s important for the fans, it’s important for us, so we’ll give everything to win the Cup.”

When asked why he doesn’t use it as extra motivation, Ten Hag added, “Because it’s not necessary. It won’t give the team more motivation because their motivation is already enough – it can’t be more. They want to win a cup and they have an opportunity.

Ten Hag said it was ‘unlikely’ winger Antony to recover from an ankle injury in time and revealed Anthony Martial was facing a long spell on the sidelines with a torn hamstring. leggings, a situation that could complicate any plans to sell the restless French striker this summer.

“Yes, it’s going to be long but we don’t know how long, we have to do more assessment,” Ten Hag said of Martial’s injury.

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