Manchester United and Man City announced their starting lineups for the 2023 FA Cup final. The likes of Phil Foden and Weghorst were on the bench.
While Pep Guardiola and co started with Bernardo Silva, Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish leading their attack, United went with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. The two sides locked horns at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
“What an honour to be here, to play a final against United in this magnificent stadium and in this beautiful competition. We are ready. We trained as well as possible; the players know the magnitude of the opponent and what we have to do. It’s always hard to pick a team, particular for a final. [Can Riyad Mahrez consider himself especially unlucky?] And six or seven more. I decided on this selection,” Guardiola said ahead of the fixture.
“We have to control the emotions and stick together in the bad moments. Finals are always uncomfortable and you have to handle it. [What’s the quality the team have to show today?] Be ourselves.”
Social media users reacted to the playing 11 for both sides.
“there are some people mad that foden is on the bench while ORTEGA starts??” a Twitter user questioned.
“I was expecting Weghorst to start, good of Erik to give Sancho a chance,” another one added.
Man City (3-2-2-3ish) Ortega; Walker, Dias, Akanji; Stones, Rodri; De Bruyne, Gundogan; Bernardo, Haaland, Grealish.
Substitutes: Ederson, Phillips, Ake, Laporte, Alvarez, Mahrez, Foden, Palmer, Lewis.
Man Utd (4-2-3-1ish) De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Fernandes, Eriksen, Sancho; Rashford.
Substitutes: Butland, Dalot, Maguire, Malacia, McTominay, Pellistri, Elanga, Garnacho, Weghorst.
Referee Paul Tierney.