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May 18, 2019 at 5pm UK at Etihad Stadium
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Silva (26'), Jesus (38', 68'), De Bruyne (61'), Sterling (81', 87')
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Manchester City win FA Cup: Five things we learned from Wembley rout

Man City win FA Cup: Five things we learned from Wembley rout
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Guardiola's men the true stars of the show at Wembley.

Manchester City thrashed Watford 6-0 to complete an unprecedented domestic treble.

Here, Press Association Sport examines five key elements of City's comprehensive triumph.

Bernardo Silva is City's attacking fulcrum:

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Bernardo Silva makes things happen for City (AP)

Once upon a time Portugal star Bernardo was not even City's best midfielder called Silva. Now though the 24-year-old arguably shades his namesake David when it comes to creative magic. Bernardo's sumptuous pass for Gabriel Jesus' first goal sealed this victory for City. The arced ball unpicked Watford's defence and etched City's name onto the silverware. Pep Guardiola recently admitted Bernardo's form has been so stunning that he simply cannot afford to drop the diminutive maestro. Any team that can leave Kevin De Bruyne on the bench, even if not fully fit, boasts serious talent. And as it stands, Bernardo heads that vanguard of quality.

Raheem Sterling's double caps a remarkable campaign:

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England star Sterling's fine season ended on a high, the 24-year-old praised for a hat-trick until the FA confirmed City's second goal was being credited to Gabriel Jesus following VAR intervention. Sterling's growing statesmanship around racism in the sport has won him many friends and admirers this season but his increasing influence on the field, and especially his improvements in finishing, have elevated him into a new category. Boss Guardiola will demand more again, and few would bet against Sterling delivering.

Razzmatazz still mere window dressing:

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A choir perform at the start of the FA Cup Final (Nick Potts/PA)

A packed Wembley was a sight to behold, with both sets of supporters doing their clubs proud to restore the FA Cup magic and importance. There was no need then for all the curious pre-match entertainment, least of all a DJ set from Annie Mac. The theme from TV show Stranger Things proved a low-key soundtrack choice for the incidental moments too. The actual action did not disappoint, and as always organisers would do well to remember the product needs no adornment.

City will be hard pressed to find another leader of Kompany's calibre:

Manchester City v Watford – FA Cup Final – Wembley Stadium
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany in familiar trophy-lifting pose (Nick Potts/PA)

Captain Vincent Kompany's 11th year at Manchester City could prove his last, if the talisman defender does not take up the one-year extension to his current contract. How City would miss the Belgium stopper's huge overarching influence were he to leave. While his abilities speak for themselves, it is his gritty leadership which has helped drive this City group to greatness. Yes, others will supersede him in time as at 33 his best years are in the past but – for now – City should keep him around for yet more glory.

Ederson has reached Peter Schmeichel levels in one-on-ones:

Peter Schmeichel was Manchester's king of one-on-ones for a glittering United era. Now City keeper Ederson has the chance to rival the great Dane's renown for thwarting strikers at every turn. For when Watford threatened early on, Ederson was off his line in a flash to deny Roberto Pereyra. While Schmeichel's art revolved around making himself as big as possible to fill the goal and distract those haring in, Ederson's speed off his line sets him apart.

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