Manchester United went to Wembley Stadium empty handed on Saturday evening and came back with a precious silver ware they have been hunting for.
Under the Dutch coach, Louis Van Gaal, the Red Devils finished fifth in Barclay’s Premier League which could have been a trophy-less season if they didn’t win the FA cup.
But the Red Devils fought tooth and nail to beat the resilient Crystal Palace who put them under pressure mostly in the first half.
The peoples team fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 and clinch their 12th time FA cup in the history of the club. Manchester United last won the trophy in 2004 under their long serving coach, Alex Ferguson.
The first half ended in a goalless draw despite having chances of scoring from both sides.
In the second half, Crystal Palace were the first to shake Manchester United’s net through Jason Puncheon’s volley inside the box. But it did not too long for the Red Devils to respond. Juan Mata equalised after receiving a neat pass from his captain, Wayne Rooney who first dismantled Crystal Place defence.
The game was take to extra time. In the 110th minute, the super sub, Jesse Lingard smashed a thunder bolt which left Palace’s goal stopper, Wayne Hennessey holding his head in disbelief.
After the game, coach Van Gaal praised his hard working troops by saying they deserved to win the trophy.
“The team played well despite conceding first. The guys worked hard from the first whistle, which showed that they were hungry for the trophy. This trophy is very important for the club, the fans and even me too. This is also part of my history after winning four trophies in four different countries I have coached”, said Van Gaal.
The team’s captain, Wayne Rooney also praised his fellow teammates for making the fans and the club happy.
“We have had a bad season, but this trophy is a relief for us and our fans who stood behind us in thick and thin”, said Rooney.