FA Cup final between Manchester rivals to have traditional 3pm kick-off | FA Cup

This season’s FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United will kick off at the traditional time of 3pm, the Football Association has confirmed.

The encounter on 3 June is the first Manchester derby FA Cup final in the competition’s 151-year history, which has led to the Metropolitan police deeming it a high-risk match and, therefore, insisting it starts no later than 4.45pm.

The FA confirmed on Wednesday that it will kick-off at 3pm, the first time the final has done so 2011.

ITV’s coverage of the final will be immediately preceded by the Derby from Epsom. The race will…

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