Manchester United can win both domestic cup competitions for the first time in their history if they can beat their treble-chasing rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
Erik ten Hag led Manchester United to the League Cup with a professional 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the League Cup in February, ending the club’s six-year trophy drought, and now they’re one step away from more silverware.
Only five teams have ever won both the FA Cup and League Cup in the same season. We’ve taken a closer look.
Liverpool dominated the 1980s, winning seven league titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups – but they never claimed both domestic cups in the same season. In fact, no side won both the League Cup and the FA Cup in the same season until Arsenal in 1992-93.
George Graham’s Gunners were utterly mediocre in the inaugural Premier League season, ending up 10th and 28 points off champions Manchester United, but their winning pedigree came out in the two cups. Sheffield Wednesday actually finished higher than Arsenal in the league that year but they were vanquished in both finals at Wembley.
Goals from Paul Merson and Steve Morrow saw Arsenal come from behind to beat the Owls 2-1 in the League Cup final. The Yorkshire outfit then proved obdurate opposition in the FA Cup final rematch, originally drawing 1-1, then taking the replay to extra time – in which Andrew Linighan’s 119th-minute winner made history by sealing English football’s first-ever domestic cup double.
2001 was an unforgettable year for Liverpool, with five pieces of silverware lifted in the space of six months.
Gerard Houllier’s Reds finished a distant third in 2000-01, but they consistently showed a steely side when it came to knife-edge knockout drama.
It all started with a penalty shootout victory over Birmingham City in the League Cup. Michael Owen’s legendary late brace followed in the FA Cup final – a 2-1 comeback victory over Arsenal – and four days later they went again in a nine-goal thriller against Alaves.
The Charity Shield and UEFA Super Cup followed later that summer.
The 2006-07 campaign was relatively disappointing by the standards Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea had set.
They were imperious to claim back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 but their level dipped just a bit in Mourinho’s third year at Stamford Bridge, whereby they finished six points behind a rejuvenated Manchester United. This was still a quality side though, and – as it did throughout the Roman Abramovich era – silverware kept flowing.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring for a young and inexperienced Arsenal in the League Cup final at the Millenium Stadium, but Didier Drogba responded by doing what he invariably he did in cup finals and scored twice as Mourinho’s Blues secured a 2-1 win.
Chelsea progressed past Macclesfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Norwich, Tottenham and Blackburn Rovers to book a blockbuster FA Cup final against Premier League champions Manchester United. A cagey snoozefest of a cup final didn’t quite live up to the billing, but Drogba (who else?) cropped up in the 116th minute to secure a 1-0 win for Chelsea – and deny Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a double.
Man City (2018-19)
Pep Guardiola’s 2018-19 are the first and only side in the history of English football to claim a domestic treble. As above, the previous sides to win both cups fell short in their league campaigns, but City were a juggernaut on all fronts that season.
They were pushed all the way by Liverpool in the title race but finished 98 points, one ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s chasers. They beat Chelsea on penalties in the League Cup final and breezed past Watford in the FA Cup final with a 6-0 victory that was quite frankly obscene.
City might’ve won the quadruple that year had they not been knocked out by Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Speaking of sides that might’ve won the quadruple, Liverpool went into the final weeks of the 2022-23 campaign with a historic quadruple looking a genuine possibility.
They were on City’s tail in the title race and had booked a third Champions League final in five years. But they fell just short for the two most coveted trophies, ending up a point behind City at the Premier League summit and losing 1-0 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
They did win the League Cup and FA Cup final, though, beating Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on penalties twice after two goalless draws at Wembley.