Kyle Walker motivated by unique Man City double-double

Kyle Walker has said Manchester City will be looking to tick off another piece of history by becoming the first English team to win a double-double when they face Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

City clinched a record fourth successive title with their 3-1 win over West Ham on the final day of the Premier League season.

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And after winning the league and FA Cup on the way to last season’s treble, Pep Guardiola’s side could become the first team to win both trophies in successive years.

“The motivation speaks for itself,” Walker said. “To be the first team to do the double-double, the first team to win four in a row, the first team since Manchester United to do the treble — we keep knocking down these hurdles and this is another that we need to knock down.

“But it’s against our rivals who live in the same city and are going to want to rain on our parade. We’re still coming into training now and wanting to graft and work hard now to put the icing on the cake for the season.”

Walker has won 15 major honours since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Tottenham in 2017.

He’s said in the past that City still have work to do to earn their place among English football’s great teams.

The 33-year-old insists they are getting closer each season, but says they have more to achieve if they want to establish a true “dynasty”.

“With each trophy we win and each major trophy we’re going to be closer,” he said. “Pep is now the manager who has won the most except Sir Alex Ferguson so we’re building this dynasty and legacy and people will look at this team for generations to come.

“When I first came here you saw a lot of United shirts and now you see a lot of kids wearing City shirts.

“We’re swinging the pendulum but we need to keep going because the United and Liverpool teams did it for years and years. We’re doing that now. Long may it continue and we need to keep it continuing.”

City’s Premier League triumph saw them come out on top in the tightest title race since the competition began in 1992 with an average of 1.5 points splitting the top two throughout the campaign.

It was also the third time in six years that the title has been decided on the final day — the only top-five league which has seen the title decided on the final day more than once in the last five years.

But despite the fine margins, Walker said the City squad will return to training in the summer with the aim of winning the English championship for an unprecedented fifth time in a row.

“We’ll go away after the FA Cup, a lot of us are going to represent our country at the Euros or the Copa América and we’ll do that with pride,” Walker said.

“After that, I hope we get some sort of a break because you do need to recharge, not even physically but mentally. But I can assure you when we come back here for preseason it might take us a few days to get the cobwebs off but as soon as that first Premier League game comes we’re straight back into motion and trying to defend our crown. Why can’t we do five in a row?”