Man United reach FA Cup final after penalty shootout victory over Brighton
After getting knocked out of Europa League, Manchester United reached the FA Cup finals after winning the penalty shootout against Brighton. The Red Devils won 7-6 after having a 90-minute goalless draw.
Victor Lindelof sunk the decisive penalty at Wembley Stadium as United reached a record-equalling 21st FA Cup final. The first 12 spot-kicks of the shootout had been scored before Solly March stepped up.
For United, Casemiro, Dalot, Sancho, Rashford, Sabitzer, Weghorst and Lindelof registered their names on the scoring sheet. In comparison, Brighton’s Mac Allister, Gross, Undav, Estupinan, Dunk, and Webster converted their penalties successfully. Solly March missed the target to lose the match.
Erik Ten Hag was much impressed with his team’s effort despite missing many first-team regulars. In a post-match interview, Ten Hag said, “On Thursday I saw a team I didn’t recognize but today we went back to usual. I could see determination and resilience. We fought for every yard and competed in every battle. We had good chances.”
Ten Hag also took the time to praise both Victor Lindelof – who scored the winning penalty – and De Gea – who was Manchester United’s best player. Speaking about Lindelof, the manager said, “He is quite cool when it comes to penalties and he’s quite cool in general. I thought Victor and Luke Shaw played brilliantly. They had great co-operation with Casemiro.”
Manchester United is having a great time. The club, this season has performed brilliantly under the leadership of Erik Ten Hag. After winning the Carabao Cup, the Old Trafford-based club is comfortably placed in the 3rd position in the Premier League.
Manchester United will now face Manchester City in the FA Cup finals on June 3 at Wembley Stadium.