It doesn’t get much better than this. An occasion that sees Manchester City and Manchester United compete for the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in 142 years, and the Ultimax ball once again having the honour of playing its part of this competition’s supreme heritage.
The blue half ascend, having last won the trophy in 2019. They are of course on the quest to complete the same treble as their great rivals managed in 1999. The red half travelling South, last won the Emirates FA Cup in 2016 and feel a victory this weekend can be the catalyst towards swinging the pendulum of dominance back in their favour.

It’s a one of game, they’ll say, anything can happen in a derby they’ll say. Form goes out the window.

When United fans say their treble will never be eclipsed, surely beating your greatest rivals on the way surpasses that? However, you can’t forget that Pep Guardiola’s men are only a third into that challenge, having won the Premier League title in May.

At Mitre, we’ve enjoyed being right in the thick of this year’s competition. From the early qualifying rounds where dreams are made, non-league clubs doing battle for much needed prize money to the business end, when the big boys enter.

We watched United dispatch Everton at Old Trafford in the 3rd Round before immersing into the fairy-tale happening in North Wales. Paul Mullin, in line for this year’s golden ball award with eight goals, put in an electric shift at The Racecourse only for Sheffield United to equalise at the death. 3-3 and a good old-fashioned replay under the lights at Bramall Lane.

The Blades eventually made it to the semi-final where City prevailed. We caught City for the first time as they ran riot in the West Country, beating a spirited Bristol City 3-0 thanks to a Phil Foden double and a Kevin de Bruyne strike that exercised the power of the Ultimax Pro.

We were all Grimbsy Town in the quarter-final in Brighton. The lowest ranked team left in the competition, were dispatched 5-0 by Roberto de Zebri’s side and The Mariners dream of a day out at Wembley was over.

Manchester United overcame Brighton via a penalty shootout and the final every neutral wanted was made. Follow Mitre socials for all the build-up, action, and post-match reaction from around Wembley on Saturday. In the meantime, grab yourself an Ultimax to relive the action in your back garden through the summer…

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