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The most hotly anticipated FA Cup final in decades is just four days away and fans of Manchester City and Manchester United are gearing up for what will be a blockbuster clash at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
With City on course to emulate United's treble win of 1999, the red half of Manchester are perhaps enjoying the final few weeks of being able to say they're the only English side to win the three biggest trophies on offer in a single season.
On the other hand, the blue half will be counting down the days to kick off with their team cemented as favourites going into the first Manchester Derby FA Cup final.
If you are a Manchester United fan going to Wembley on Saturday, here is all the pre-match pub information you need to know.
Which Wembley pubs have been allocated to Manchester United fans?
As of today, no official information has been announced in relation to which pubs around Wembley have been allocated to both sets of supporters. However, as United have been allocated the east side of Wembley Stadium it is fair to assume that they will also be allocated the pubs on that side of the stadium. These include:
- Blue Check Cafe – 12/13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ
- Crock of Gold – 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
- Crystal Club (Silverspoon) – South Way, Wembley, HA9 0HB
- Double 6 Sports Bar – 125 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley HA9 8HQ
- Flyer’s Bar – 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS
- St Joseph’s Social Club – Empire Way Wembley HA9 0RJ
- The Parish – 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP
- The Torch – Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
- Watkins Folly – 1 Empire Way, Wembley HA9 0EW
- Wembley Tavern – 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG
It has also been a tradition in recent years for Wembley to put on outdoor fan zones where fans can buy alcohol and a bite to eat before the match begins. United fans almost certainly be allocated the east fanzine while Manchester City supporters will be allocated the west fanzine.
United supporters will be hoping that being allocated the east side of Wembley is a good omen ahead of the final. The Red Army were situated on that side for both the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle in February and the FA Cup Semi-Final with Brighton in April and both games were worn by Erik Ten Hag's side.
Manchester City's fans were also in the east side of the stadium for their side's 3-0 victory over Sheffield United in their Semi-Final last month meaning that side of the ground is undefeated in the FA Cup this year.
Which other pubs can United fans enjoy before the FA Cup Final?
With the game kicking off at 15:00 UK time, fans may well be pressed for time if they would rather venture away from Wembley for some pre-match drinks. However, if they are early enough then there are plenty of options nearby.
One popular drinking destination for United fans in years gone by has been Kilburn High Road. Kilburn Park is just six stops down the Bakerloo line from Wembley with the High Road packed with several popular pubs including The Old Bell and The North London Tavern.
Another alternative is to get the London Underground to Baker Street in the morning where United fans will be able to enjoy a Wetherspoons breakfast moving on to pubs such as The Volunteer and The Globe.