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Man City’s FA Cup Triumph: Gundogan Outshines United Stars

Manchester City Cruise Past United in Historic FA Cup Final, Powered by Gundogan’s Brilliance

Manchester City on the Cusp of Triumphant Treble

Standing just one win shy of an unparalleled season in their illustrious history, Manchester City have convincingly navigated the FA Cup final, defeating their eternal rivals Manchester United 2-1, owing much to their talisman Ilkay Gundogan.

Fresh from their Premier League triumph, Man City now turn their gaze towards the UEFA Champions League final against Inter Milan. A victory there could see them replicate United’s astonishing accomplishment from 1999.

Gundogan, donning the captain’s armband, emerged as the hero of the hour, etching his name into the history books by scoring the fastest goal in an FA Cup Final. His eye-catching volley, a mere 12 seconds into the match, surpassed Louis Saha’s record from 2009, laying down a marker for City’s hunger for the cup.

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Manchester United Fight Back Only to be Silenced

United, not to be outdone, clawed back into the match after 33 minutes. VAR determined that Jack Grealish had committed a handball offence, allowing Bruno Fernandes to coolly slot home the resulting penalty. However, their resurgence was short-lived.

Gundogan, the embodiment of big-game composure, soon restored City’s lead with a decisive volley off Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick. This strike, six minutes into the second half, ensured City would lift the FA Cup for a record seventh time.

Man City’s Journey Towards Immortality

With the Premier League and the FA Cup now safely ensconced in their trophy cabinet, Manchester City now turn their sights towards the Champions League title, eyeing an elusive triumph that has escaped them thus far.

Should they overcome Inter Milan, they would join an elite club, becoming the second English side to complete the Treble. United, who achieved this feat 24 years prior, tried their best to disrupt City’s journey, but the league champions showed their might.

Gundogan, who thrives under pressure, underscored his significance with his two-goal display. He will undoubtedly take centre stage when tales of City’s golden era are narrated in years to come.

And City’s defensive stalwart, John Stones, demonstrated his high-quality versatility in a new role, envisioned by Guardiola, that enables him to maraud forward into midfield, showcasing his cool composure and technical prowess.

As Manchester City gear up for their date with Istanbul and Inter Milan, given their current relentless form, it would indeed be more shocking if they fail to secure the Treble now than if they triumph.

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