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Manchester United beats Crystal Palace 2-1 to Win FA Cup

Manchester United on Saturday won its 12th FA Cup title, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time.

Jesse Lingard’s fantastic volley in the 110th minute was the decisive goal, after Juan Mata responded to Jason Puncheon’s opener in a late flurry of action in regulation.

With the victory, Manchester United now tie with Arsenal which had also won the title 12 times.

The game marked a rematch of the 1990 final, also won by Manchester United 1-0 in a replay following a 3-3 draw in the first go-around.

Crystal Palace who was near winning its first trophy but result leaves them in search of it, with the devastating extra time goal they conceded.

Palace thought it had the lead in the 17th minute, but referee Mark Clattenburg whistled for a foul despite Connor Wickham continuing to play on and scoring after getting tackled.

Manchester United’s best chance early came through Marouane Fellaini, who nearly opened the scoring just minutes into the second half, but he hit the corner of the woodwork after receiving a pass from Marcus Rashford.

There are indications that Manchester United, may tab Jose Mourinho as its manager, taking over from Louis van Gaal.

After listing up the title cup, van Gal said: “It’s fantastic to win this title for the club, for the fans and also for me because now I’ve won a cup in four countries and not many managers can say that so I’m happy.

“Of course I was concerned, with 10 players and we’ve played Tuesday evening also but we have deserved it I think. It was a super goal [from Lingard] but we knew that”!

Also reacting to the victory Wayne Rooney said: “It was a great advert for the Premier League. Credit to Crystal Palace, it was a tough game but we hang on in there and a good goal from Jesse – to come from Manchester it must be an incredible feeling for him.

“We’ve had a tough end to the season but I thought we worked very hard today. Our determination has got us through this so we’re delighted. It’s a special moment – it’s a competition I’ve watched growing up as a fan, I’ve lost two finals before so I’ll enjoy this tonight.

“It has been a while [since United last won a trophy] but it’s great for the fans, it’s fantastic. To win a trophy will lift the supporters”.


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