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Rio Ferdinand names three Man United stars who can BEAT Man City in the FA Cup final



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Rio Ferdinand has named the three Manchester United players he feels can produce magic to beat Manchester City in the upcoming FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

For the second straight season, Manchester United and Manchester City will battle it out in the FA Cup final. City, newly crowned Premier League champions, will enter the match as favourites.

This season, though, has been a stark contrast for United. The team has underperformed across all competitions, leaving the FA Cup as their final hope for both a trophy and European qualification.

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Rio Ferdinand, former centre-back for United, has predicted that will take a “huge amount of luck and fortune” for Ten Hag’s men to win the game.

“Based on what I’ve seen this season from both sides, Manchester City and Manchester United, I’ve got no confidence, I have to say,” Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel.

“It’s the first time I’m going to a cup final with Man United and thinking that we have a very, very, very, very small chance of winning this game. You always backed Man United, ‘It’s the cup final, Man United are gonna win this’, or, ‘Man United have got a real good chance to win it’.

“The gap between Man United and City now is at its biggest that it has ever been. The fall-off that we’ve had compared to them right now is huge, so how can I, in my right mind, go into this game with any sort of confidence?”

Ferdinand added: “You have a puncher’s chance because we’ve got someone like Bruno [Fernandes] maybe or Marcus [Rashford] or [Alejandro] Garnacho who can have a moment, an explosive moment. Remember Marcus’ goal against them earlier in the season.

“There are people that can do that, but can we keep City out for the rest of the game? You’ll be sitting there on tenterhooks, I’d be losing hair for the 90 minutes, the beard going even greyer.

But you have hope, we’re football fans. You sit there, and we have hope, man. Hope, craziness almost… borderline nuts! But you do have hope as a football fan, and that’s how we live. But it’s going to be an absolutely crazy effort and a huge amount of luck and fortune, I think, for us to get anything out of this game.”

When asked to give his prediction, Ferdinand said: “My heart says Man United on penalties, and we limp to penalties, but my head says City are going to beat us. I can’t give a score. I just think they’ll win, I’ve got to be honest.

“They will take it out of our hands, and we won’t even see the ball.”