That makes it a gigantic occasion for fans and in the latest issue of Inside United magazine, three writers – all longstanding Old Trafford match-goers and Manchester folk – explain with their personal takes on the match…
“We are days away from the first all-Manchester cup final in history, and my mind is woozy at the prospect of what’s to come. When a game of this magnitude lies in wait, your brain is always working, even this far out: musing how the football will go; weighing up how it might deal with the heaviness of defeat, or indeed the global, otherworldly joy that a victory would inspire.
“It’s nothing to do with bragging rights and all those cliches you hear around derbies – I know few City fans well, despite living in Manchester my whole life. It’s more about pride in United. I see it as a battle between two different visions of Manchester: in the red corner, a universal behemoth that conquered the world on its own steam, through its own fearless ingenuity. In the blue corner, a team that has evolved rapidly thanks to recent investment and the importation of Spanish expertise.