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Manchester United can target three unseen Man City weaknesses in the FA Cup final

Manchester United need victory in Saturday's FA Cup final to secure European football for next season, while they can also stop Manchester City from claiming a second successive domestic double.

For Erik ten Hag the game could also go a long way to deciding his fate in the dugout, with Ineos yet to commit to a decision his long-term future as the club's manager. The final is a repeat of last year's, which City won 2-1 thanks to an Ilkay Gundogan double, including the fastest goal ever scored in an FA Cup final.

This year Pep Guardiola's side are even stronger favourites, having finished 31 points ahead of their rivals in the Premier League table, but the Blues aren't invincible and there are ways to worry them if United get things right.

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Pace on the break

This is stating the obvious but so much of United's success against City in recent seasons has been about using their pace in attack to exploit counter-attacking opportunities.

The goals they score against Pep Guardiola's side tend to be either rapid breaks or stunning strikes, such as Marcus Rashford's at the Etihad in March. The best approach at Wembley is surely to use the speed they do have in the final third and to try and play balls over the top early on.

That might mean a change in approach for Erik ten Hag. Bruno Fernandes started the wins against Newcastle United and Brighton in a false nine role, but he doesn't stretch the play and doesn't have the pace to get away. The Portuguese is also needed to play those counter-attacking passes.

That might mean a return for Rasmus Hojlund, while Alejandro Garnacho fits the bill

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