There is finally something to celebrate for Manchester United fans after the team won a major trophy for the first tie since former manager Alex Fergusons era ended. However, this did not come easy either as Manchester United had to come from behind to beat a determined Crystal Palace at Wembley.
United’s win carried a bigger significance because of the fact that they survived an embarrassing after Chris Smalling’s sending-off to register a significant win for manger Luis Van Gaal with Jesse Lingard’s instinctive strike proving to be the winner in extra-time.
Speculation of Jose Mourinho replacing Van Gaal next week was the main talk before kick-off however Crystal palace provided something worth discussing when they took the through substitute Jason Puncheon who powered a far-post with 12 minutes left and after a torrid season of misfiring, United looked like ending the season empty-handed after missing out on a Champions league slot.
Mata however, equalized 4 minutes later after a brilliant run from Captain Wayne Rooney that took the game to extra time.
With United dominating and missing several chances in the game through Marouane Fellaini (who hit the post and Anthony Martial, the game was thrown into balance when Chris Smalling was given his marching orders after he received a second Yellow card that gave Palace the upper hand. A win for Palace would surely have been hash for Van Gaal’s side.
Lingard then scored from another chance created by a marauding run this time, from right-back Antonio Valencia with the ball dropping nicely for Lingard who instinctively sent it to the roof of the net to give Van Gaal yet another trophy