Has any team ever won the double double in English football? Man City on verge of unique achievement with FA Cup win


Manchester City have become used to setting and breaking new records, and they are one game away from achieving the domestic double double.

The so-called double double indicates one team winning both the Premier League and FA Cup in consecutive seasons.

City are looking to add the FA Cup to their Premier League title

Pep Guardiola‘s men won both last year as part of their remarkable treble.

And after wrapping up the Premier League earlier this month, they need to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final, live on talkSPORT, to seal the double double.

Has anyone ever done the ‘double double’?

Well, Manchester United won the FA Cup and Premier League twice within the space of three years, which they claim is the ‘double double’.

However, no side in English history has ever achieved this in back-to-back campaigns.

This means should City beat their inner-city rivals at Wembley, they will set a new record.

Achieving the double is rare enough, with only eight clubs managing it in English football.

Man United managed to achieve the double three times in the 1990s

Teams to do the FA Cup and league double

Arsenal – 1970/71, 1997/98, 2001/02

Aston Villa – 1896/97

Chelsea – 2009/10

Liverpool – 1985/86

Manchester City – 2018/19, 2022/23

Manchester United – 1993/94, 1995/96, 1998/99

Preston North End – 1888/89

Tottenham – 1960/61

United won the domestic double three times in the 1990s under Sir Alex Ferguson, but even they didn’t do it in back-to-back seasons.

City themselves have won the Premier League and FA Cup in the same season twice, while Arsenal have done it three times as well, although their wins are much more spread out.

The Citizens’ have all come under Guardiola’s guidance, and the Spaniard is determined to add another trophy to the club’s collection when they face United.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “When I first began watching football as a young boy, it was these kinds of occasions that would feel really special – big games between two top teams at an iconic venue.

“To be here as Manchester City manager – with a chance to make the Final of this incredible competition once again – really is something very beautiful for me, my players and my staff.

“Last June, when we beat Manchester United here to win the FA Cup, it was one of the greatest days of my career. It was hard to take in everything after the game because the emotion was so high, but looking back it means so much to me.

“The players loved it, too, and that is why we are so determined to win again because we want to defend our trophy at the end of the season.”