FA CUP FINAL

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE

Football’s most glamorous trophy the FA Cup was won by Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.

In a game that did not really come alive until after half time, it was Manchester United who took the initiative and threw everything at Palace, United dominated them for most of the game, with Wayne Rooney in fine form for the Red Devils, but some excellent rear guard defending kept Palace’s hopes alive.

With only 12 minutes left to play, the magic of the FA Cup looked like it was smiling on Palace, when substitute Jason Puncheon’s powerful far-post finish put Palace ahead, De Gea appeared to be more concerned with trying to get the referee to blow for offside rather than positioning himself correctly and allowed the ball to go past him at the near post.

This was rather harsh on United, who had been denied twice by the post through Marouane Fellaini and Antony Martial, however United responded immediately and a wonderful Rooney run allowed Juan Mata the opportunity and he fired home from close range.

As the game went into extra time, another twist in the tale occurred when United’s Chris Smalling was sent off after he got a second yellow card for hauling back Yannick Bolasie, Palace now had a great opportunity to finish off United, but they appeared to lack the conviction to take the game to United and as United continued to be orchestrated by Rooney, Jesse Lingard took the trophy to Old Trafford when he lashed home a first-time strike from Damien Delaney’s half-clearance after 110 minutes, a goal that was worthy of winning the most prestigious and oldest cup competition in history.

Louis Van Gaal the United manager has now won the cup in four different countries, something that he can be proud of, as his time at United seems to be in the balance, with Jose Mourinho waiting in the wings!

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Vqgezc9Cc

Have a good week

Gary

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