Why the FA Cup final kick-off time has changed for today's Man Utd v Man City game

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Manchester City take on Manchester United in a fiery derby for the FA Cup final, but the kick-off time has changed.

Rumours are circulating that it could be United boss Erik ten Hag's final game in charge of the Red Devils - and if that proves the case he would love to lift silverware as his departing act.

Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, will be aiming to secure his second piece of silverware this season, after winning his fourth consecutive Premier League title last weekend.

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Why has the FA Cup final kick-off time changed?

The FA Cup final between Manchester United and Manchester City is kicking off at a changed time of 3pm, on police advice.

The Football Association confirmed the change, with kick-off initially pencilled in for 5.30pm. The decision was agreed with the clubs, local authority, members of the safety advisory group and broadcasters.

The same decision was made last year, with crowd trouble being cited as one of the main reasons for changing kick-off time.

The previous 10 years or so saw a later kick-off time taking place. Since 2012, it had been an evening event with the earliest final before last year's taking place at 4.45p.m. However, the police concerns led to the FA changing the time.

Fans of either side have even been advised to use different roads to avoid clashes a service stations. City fans have been advised to use the M62 and M1 while United fans have been advised to use the M6, M42 and M40.


Speaking ahead of the FA Cup final, City boss Guardiola said: "It is an absolute privilege to be here with a chance to win this beautiful trophy once again.

"Getting to the Final is never easy. Hundreds of teams start off in the competition and every single one wants the same outcome. We have had to win five really tough matches to be here today and we have given so much already. We’ve had to fight and, believe me, we want to make the final step here today and take the trophy back to the Etihad.

"Honestly, winning this trophy in 2019 and 2023 were two of the best days I have had as a manager in football. This is a historic competition and it's an honour to be involved. We will do absolutely everything we can to win this trophy again today and make our fans proud, I can promise you that.

"Enjoy the game."

Ten Hag added: "It has been a long and sometimes difficult season but here we are, on the final day, with an opportunity to secure our second major trophy in two campaigns. For all the issues we have had to deal with, I think that says a lot about our personality as a group.

"When you enter any competition you aim to win it so having reached the FA Cup Final, we are here to get our hands on the FA Cup. Of course, we have the greatest respect for Pep Guardiola and his players – their records as a manager and a team in recent times demand that from us – but we know in ourselves that we have the talent and the character to beat any team when we play at our best with a good plan.

"This afternoon’s game gives us an opportunity to get another taste of the winning habit and give ourselves something more to build upon for next season and beyond. Our players, staff and supporters will all be unified today, giving everything for each other to make that happen."