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Manchester Utd beat City in FA Cup final derby shock

Manchester United have ended a poor season on a huge high as Erik ten Hag ignored intense speculation about his future to mastermind a shock 2-1 win in the FA Cup final against local rivals Manchester City.

The build-up to the second successive all-Manchester showpiece was dominated by the Dutchman's future after a report on Friday claimed he would be sacked regardless of the outcome at Wembley.

But United impressively parked talk that Saturday could be their Dutch manager's last match as teenage stars Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo struck, with the side digging deep to triumph after substitute Jeremy Doku's late riposte for City.

It is the Red Devils boss' second piece of silverware in as many seasons, but time will tell whether the trophy and Europa League qualification satisfies ambitious Ineos after they limped home eighth in the league.

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United coach Erik ten Hag was left celebrating after the win - but will it save his job? (AP PHOTO)

Sir Jim Ratcliffe was joined by Joel Glazer and Avram Glazer at Wembley, where United's co-owners could not fail to have been impressed by ten Hag's game plan and his side's output.

Most predicted City would become the first English side to win back-to-back domestic doubles fresh from sealing an unprecedented fourth straight top-flight title, but there appeared to be a hangover.

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There was nothing but disappointment for Manchester City's superstar Erling Haaland. (AP PHOTO)

United, by contrast, were well-drilled and determined from the outset, with Garnacho capitalising on a defensive error to put Ten Hag's side into a shock lead on the half-hour mark.

Mainoo coolly extended their advantage at the end of a fine team move before half-time, which City responded to strongly as Erling Haaland hit the bar during a period of pressure.

Andre Onana let in a late Doku strike but the Red Devils were not to be denied their 13th FA Cup triumph as they ended a poor, injury-hit campaign with a win for ten Hag, who will be hoping to avoid being sacked after winning the competition as compatriot Louis van Gaal was in 2016.

Asked afterwards about his future, ten Hag shrugged that he didn't know what was happening, even though the match was preceded by reports that he would be sacked whether United won or not.