Manchester City remained in play for a famous and historic conclusion to their season as Pep Guardiola's side lifted the 2023 FA Cup after a 2-1 victory over rivals Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, June 3.
The two sides cancelled each other out in the first half, with Ilkay Gundogan's early stunner after 12 seconds pegged back by a Bruno Fernandes penalty that saw the teams level at 1-1 as they went into the dressing rooms for the break.
Gundogan then grabbed his brace with a scrappier goal in the second half on a moment that Man United goalkeeper David de Gea won't want to see back.
The Man City midfielder nearly had a hat-trick, but his third in the 72nd minute was correctly flagged for offside. Had it been given, it would have been the first FA Cup final hat-trick in 70 years.
Man City will now play the Champions League final next weekend hoping to capture the final stage of their trophy treble and put a fitting bow on one of the most impressive and dominant seasons in memory.
Man City win 2023 FA Cup final
The treble remains on for Manchester City as they lifted their second trophy of the season, completing the Premier League & FA Cup double.
In the first ever FA Cup final Manchester derby, City emerged with their seventh FA Cup title across the club's history, and third since 2010. For Manchester United, it's the club's ninth defeat in an FA Cup final, and second straight, still without an FA Cup title since 2016.
The title for Man City leaves just the coveted and elusive Champions League title remaining in the famous treble chase, with City slated to take on Inter in the UCL final on June 10.
Ilkay Gundogan scores fastest FA Cup final goal
After just 12 seconds, Manchester City had the lead over their rivals Man United in the 2023 FA Cup final, the first one in history between the Manchester rivals.
The goal came courtesy of Ilkay Gundogan, who crashed home a sensational volley of spectacular skill and precision.
It was the fastest goal in FA Cup final history, beating the previous record set by Louis Saha of Everton in the 2009 FA Cup final, scored 25 seconds into the match.
Jack Grealish handball leads to Bruno Fernandes penalty
While Man City dominated much of the first half, Bruno Fernandes gave Manchester United a lifeline as he deposited a penalty in the 33rd minute to make it 1-1.
The chance was afforded when a cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka grazed the fingertips of Jack Grealish in the penalty area. While referee Paul Tierney did not immediately give the penalty, a VAR check eventually saw him point to the spot.
The penalty was, by the Laws of the Game, the correct decision, but it sparked a wider discussion about how the handball rule is currently written. Regardless, Fernandes sent goalkeeper Stefan Ortega the wrong way and United were even again.
Gundogan gets brace on De Gea howler
After halftime, Man City's big game player cropped up again, as Ilkay Gundogan grabbed his brace in the 51st minute.
It wasn't nearly as sparkling as his first goal, but it came in similar fashion, hitting a volley from outside the top of the box. This time he hit it with his left foot, and the contact just wasn't clean, scuffed into the ground producing a worm burner, but it didn't matter as it crept into the back of the net.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was not well-positioned, failing to track across his goal mouth as the ball made its way to Gundogan shaded to the left side of the penalty area, and the Spaniard reacted slowly, failing to reach the slow-moving bouncer. Somehow, incredibly, he was unable to reach it.