FA Cup final 2023, Manchester City vs Manchester United: What time is it and what TV channel is it on?

Ruben Dias of Manchester City celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on May 21, 2023 in Manchester, England - Getty Images/Michael Regan
Ruben Dias of Manchester City celebrates with the Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on May 21, 2023 in Manchester, England - Getty Images/Michael Regan

City are desperate to scratch their Champions League itch and lay their hands on a first European Cup but Ruben Dias says it is imperative they put Inter Milan firmly to one side and focus solely on overcoming United.

“We’ve not done anything yet,” the City defender said. “We definitely know what we’re going for and we really want it. But we know if we start to think too far ahead then it will kill us. Our heads are on training. Little by little, we think. Just think and do it.

“Having a bit of tension in these games is what makes you run more, makes you make a bigger effort and reach your best level. It’s good that all of us know how to manage it well.”

Asked which is the bigger game, Dias said: “The next one and the next one is United. Our best chance of beating United is just by being Manchester City. It’ll be a tight game. A final is a final, it’ll always be tight – whatever the odds.

“It’s a special competition for all of us and a special competition for the country. We want to win it very much. We’ll celebrate it if we do [win it] and then we’ll think about what is coming because we are still not finished.”

City crushed United 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium in October, when Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each scored hat-tricks, but then lost 2-1 at Old Trafford and Dias believes they will have to be at their absolute best to win.

“Those points of reference will be important but it’s a new game and a final is always different. The details make the difference, they are the things that matter the most. It’s about being who we are,” he said.

When is the FA Cup final?

The FA Cup final will take place on Saturday, June 3 2023.

Where is the FA Cup final?

The final is due to be staged at Wembley Stadium in London.

What time does the FA Cup final kick-off?

The FA Cup final is back to its traditional 3pm kick-off for the first time in more than a decade, after police deemed it a “high-risk” fixture.

Although security and logistical advice is understood to be the main factor driving decisions for the first Manchester derby final, an earlier kick-off will also please fans of both clubs who are making the 170-mile journey.

The last 3pm FA Cup final kick-off was in 2011 but concerns have been raised at the higher risk of disorder associated with later start times.

The final is in June rather than the usual mid-May date after club football was pushed back this season to accommodate a winter World Cup.

This means a date clash with the Epsom Derby, which is also being screened by ITV and is now set to start at 1.30, before the FA Cup final.

Who is the referee for the game?

The job has gone to referee Paul Tierney.

The 42-year-old is from Wigan in Greater Manchester and is understood to be a Wigan Athletic fan. He has been a target for Jürgen Klopp this season, although the Liverpool manager has subsequently backtracked on highly critical comments about Tierney, and the decision by the Football Association shows they rate the referee highly.

Tierney will be assisted by Neil Davies and Scott Ledger with fellow referee Peter Banks as fourth official. League Cup final referee David Coote will act as video assistant referee alongside Simon Long.

Paul Tierney - Getty Images/Michael Regan
Paul Tierney - Getty Images/Michael Regan

What is the latest news

A train strike has been announced for the day of the FA Cup final.

Aslef, the body that represents train drivers, says members will strike on May 12,  May 31 and June 3 – the last of those dates being the day of the match in London between United and City. The walkouts threaten to cause chaos for tens of thousands of supporters who plan to travel to Wembley for the showpiece.

What TV channel is the FA Cup final on?

This year the BBC and ITV have shared the broadcast rights for the FA Cup and the final will be shown on both channels.

Manchester City’s road to the final

Manchester United’s road to the final

Latest odds

  • Manchester City 2/7

  • Manchester United 5/2

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What are the managers saying?

Erik ten Hag has promised that his side will “give everything” to dent Manchester City’s Treble bid and secure a second piece of silverware this season.

United overcame Brighton in a tense penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw at Wembley to set up a first all-Manchester FA Cup final on June 3.

Ten Hag will be bidding to add the FA Cup to the League Cup already won in his first season in charge at Old Trafford. But victory over City would also stop City from equalling United’s achievement of 1999 in winning a treble of Premier League title, FA Cup and Champions League.

“We will give everything and when I say everything, that is everything,” the United manager said. “So the fans can rely on that – that we will give it and do it against every opponent.

“But, of course, we want to give that against City. We want to give the fans that, for sure.”

City, who beat Sheffield United to reach the Cup final, have wrapped up the League title and the FA Cup final will be the second leg of their big to win the Treble — a feat achieved only once by an English team, United in 1999.

Ten Hag, whose side beat City 2-1 in the League in January, admitted his team will have to play “the perfect game” to beat Pep Guardiola’s men again.

“We are proof, proof that we could beat them but then we have to play the perfect game,” he said. “I think that [in January] was the perfect game we played this season, but we have to go again.”