The Manchester Derby FA Cup final, which will take place on June 3, 2023, has been reverted to 3:00 p.m. for the first time in 12 years.
The last time a match was played around that time was in 2011 when Manchester City defeated Stoke City in the final. It is going to be the first Manchester Derby final in the FA Cup.
The match between Manchester United and Manchester City in the FA Cup final was supposed to be between 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Police have claimed that the derby match is high-risk because of the number of people who will be preparing to watch the match.
The earlier kickoff will make it very easy for fans traveling away from London, with the last train from the capital coming to Manchester scheduled to depart around 9:01 p.m.
These developments have been welcomed by both traditional fans and fans of both clubs. It was understood that the English FA failed to contest the advice of the police and have accepted it.
The match is going to attract up to 90,000 attendants. Also, it is going to be one of the biggest matches in the history of the FA Cup.
However, the FA Cup final match will be broadcast in the UK on BBC One and BBC Player. Other football stations like ITV, ITVX, UTX will also broadcast the match.
Manchester City qualified for the final after defeating Sheffield United 3-0 in the semi-finals. Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez stunned the spectators after scoring a hat trick.
However, the match was capitalize by news of empty seats at Wembley. Manchester United on the other hand qualified for the final after luickly defeating Brighton Hove and Albion on penalties.
Manchester City are looking forward to winning their first treble, and Pep Guardiola will want to win something historic for the club before leaving.
The manager is ready to sacrifice everything to win the match.
Manchester United’s Erik Ten Hag wants to win his second title for the Red Devils. He is looking forward to defeating Guardiola in the final which may be a bit difficult.
If Manchester United finish second with another title, it is going to be a successful season with a third-place finish in the Premier League.
Both teams had met twice this season; Guardiola disgraced Erik Ten Hag in his first Manchester Derby 6-3 on October 2, 2022, with Erling Haaland scoring a hat trick.
Ten Hag got his own revenge by defeating Manchester City 2-1 at Old Trafford on January 23, 2023.
Ten Hag had made claim he is ready to stop Manchester City from winning the treble.
What do you think about the shift in the kickoff time for the FA Cup final and which team is likely to win?