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FA Cup Champions!

Discussion in 'The Stretford End' started by The Don, May 21, 2016.

  1. The Don

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    FA Cup Final: Lingard the hero as United beat Palace in extra time
    10-man Manchester United won a first FA Cup since 2004, but their 2-1 Wembley triumph over Crystal Palace may have been Louis van Gaal's swansong.
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    Manchester United's Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring their second goal
    Jesse Lingard scored a stunning extra-time winner as 10-man Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley to hand Louis van Gaal silverware in what could prove to be his final game in charge.

    United fell behind to substitute Jason Puncheon's 78th-minute strike, but Juan Mata levelled within 180 seconds to take the game to extra time.

    Chris Smalling – earlier embroiled in controversy after hauling back a goal-bound Connor Wickham – saw red just before the end of the first additional 15 minutes following a foul on Yannick Bolasie, but substitute Lingard proved the Reds heroas they etched their name on the famous trophy for a record-equalling 12th time and first since 2004,casting aside pre-match speculation that Van Gaal is to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

    The Dutchman's failure to steer United into the Champions League is a key catalyst for his likely exit, but the 64-year-old can at least boast a major honour from his two-year tenure after Saturday's deserved victory.

    However, it was heartbreak for Palace and their boss Alan Pardew, who played when the club last reached the Cup final – United prevailing back in 1990 after a replay – and managed West Ham in their 2006 penalty shootout loss to Liverpool.


    Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial, before Puncheon stunned them with a fine near-post finish.
    But the London club's joy was cut short, Mata's deflected volley squeezing through Joel Ward's legs on the line in the 81st minute before Lingard – on for the Spanish goalscorer in stoppage time – was cast in the role of match-winner in a result that sent the Hammers into the Europa League.

    Van Gaal welcomed back Fellaini from suspension, with Mata handed a start, while Palace returned to a more familiar starting XI after making numerous changes for the 4-1 loss to Southampton.

    United, who finished the Premier League season later than scheduled on Tuesday after the bomb scare prior to their final game against AFC Bournemouth, made a bright start following a kick-off delayed by the pre-match entertainment.

    Wayne Hennessey twice claimed excellent catches from searching crosses to calm any nerves, while Marcus Rashford – who hobbled off injured at the end of a week in which he was named in England's provisional Euro 2016 squad – forced a timely intervention from Pape Souare after a strong run and shot.

    Palace sprung forward on a rare 18th-minute counter-attack and saw Wickham pulled back by Smalling, with Pardew livid at referee Mark Clattenburg's decision to stop play as his forward had managed to shrug off the defender and roll the ball into an empty net after the whistle had gone.

    David De Gea tipped the subsequent free-kick over the crossbar and Mata almost rubbed salt in the wounds with a skidding effort that Hennessey clawed away midway through the half.



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    Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace (C) is mobbed by team mates after making it 1-0

    A deft turn from Rashford had Palace chasing back in desperation as the teenager's cross was steered goalwards by Martial and Ward made the block.
    Ex-United winger Wilfried Zaha saw his run into the box halted by a recovering Wayne Rooney, the United captain proving his value at both ends of the field in a deeper role that looks set to become his forte.

    Fellaini – who scored in the semi-final win over Everton – served notice of his intent early in the second half, rifling a shot against the frame of the goal and past a motionless Hennessey, who saw Martial's header strike the left-hand post just past the hour mark.

    Rashford was forced off 20 minutes from time and replaced by Ashley Young, while Palace swapped Yohan Cabaye for Puncheon, whose one-touch control and fierce finish broke the deadlock to prompt a touchline jig from Pardew.

    His apparently rehearsed moves were quickly put on the back-burner, though, as Mata wiped out that lead, though Zaha – pictured in tears prior to the game – could have snatched a winner when he fired into the side netting at the death.

    Bolasie drilled wide in the first half of extra time, while Smalling got his marching orders just before the break, but United shrugged off that setback as Lingard lashed home brilliantly from 18 yards in the 110th minute to salvage an otherwise uninspiring season for the Old Trafford club.

    Key Opta stats:
    - Manchester United have equalled Arsenal’s record of 12 FA Cup wins.
    - Four of United’s last six FA Cup final triumphs have come against London sides.
    - Jesse Lingard’s goal was his first in 18 games in all competitions for Manchester United.
    - Chris Smalling became the first English player and fourth player overall to be sent off in an FA Cup final (Kevin Moran 1985, Jose Reyes 2005 and Pablo Zabaleta 2013).
    - Louis van Gaal became the third Dutch manager to win the FA Cup, after Ruud Gullit and Guus Hiddink.
     
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  2. Big Papi

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  3. El Sheriffo Nevo

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    I'm glad LvG got to sign off with a title.
     
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    Me too. Great record, trophy won in every country he's played in. Nice to see him go out with a bang. He's done some good work with the youngsters, helped some players become better, made some good signings and made us comfortable in possession and decent in defence. A good base to build on for our new manager, Jose Mourinho.
     
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  5. RajahRar

    RajahRar Pretty cool guy, for a Scouser.

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    Congrats lads. Never like to see your lot win trophies but fair play to you.
     
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    i hate football
     
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    Wish I was on the piss celebrating tonight, but alas I'm at work.

    LVG signing off with a trophy, if the reports that have surfaced are true and we are replacing him this week then I wish him all the best. He isn't a cunt of any kind he's just a little bit stuck in his ways.
     
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    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Oh God I'm so sick today. Hangover central but worth it.
     
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    What a winning goal and a great way for van Gaal to sign off but fuck me, that game was so typically United under van Gaal. Thrilled we got the job done and really happy that van Gaal can leave with his head up high (ish).
     
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    One of the best FA Cup final goals. Di Matteo in 97 up there as well. Sanchez in 1988 was brilliant too.
     
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    :lool:

    I wouldn't imagine you are alone on that one Irwin. Get a Clonakilty fry up into you and you'll be grand
     
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    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Had a few sausage rolls, a jambon and two bottles of lucozade orange.
     
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    FA cup champions sounds weird.
     
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  14. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Watched Jesse's goal again last night. What a strike.
     
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    mugrathsipan Twat with a mug

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    Pure instinct.
    He'd have missed had he had time to think
     
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    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    It was a goal for the ages. If Cantona scored it it'd be replayed for 50 years
     
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    GGMU


    Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
     
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  18. GM!

    GM! ♫ Go Go Man United ♫

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    It's hilarious, we've won our first FA cup in 12 years and no one gives a fuck because we're all waiting for Mourinho.
     
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  19. Irwinwastheking

    Irwinwastheking Lover, not a fighter!

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    Ah we deffo give a fuck. Pretty much all was said that was going to be said in the matchday thread or before the game. Once you make a celebratory post about it there's not really an awful lot more to say in a forum post.

    Personally I'm delighted. We now hold the record for 3 of the 4 domestic trophies we can win*. 2 of them are the league and the top cup competition. The only domestic title that we're not leading in is the League cup held by the Scousers. We're in 4th place in that one and have 4 to Liverpool's 8 so it would be nice to pick it up a few more times. Jose won it 3 times with Chelsea so it's fair to say it's something he targets at the start of the year. I can see us grabbing it another few times soon.


    *Including the charity shield in there because I fucking want to.
     
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  20. El Sheriffo Nevo

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    First and only posting, taking the piss out of @GM!

    Proper order.
     
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