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Substitute Jesse Lingard volleyed home a brilliant extra-time winner as Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to secure a first FA Cup triumph since 2004.
nine minutes away from victory following substitute Jason Puncheon's
opener, but Juan Mata netted an equaliser to send the game into
extra-time, then Warrington-born Lingard drilled home a magnificent
winner on 110 minutes to secure a first trophy for under-fire manager
Louis van Gaal.
Referee Mark Clattenburg
provided the only talking points of the first half, twice blowing up
for fouls on Palace players too early to allow an advantage.
The most glaring was
his over-hasty whistle on 19 minutes, after Chris Smalling hauled
down Connor Wickham down the left-hand channel, a decision that
clearly angered Palace manager Alan Pardew on the touchline.
Marcus Rashford, again full of pace and promise up front for United,
set up the first chance of the second half with a superb flick on the
edge of the area to release Marouane Fellaini., but the Belgian
international's effort from the right channel thundered against the
Palace left post.
Just after the hour
mark, United were again denied by the woodwork when Anthony Martial's
header from Antonio Valencia's cross hit Palace's right-hand post.
But, despite all
United's possession and dominance, it was Palace who netted the opening goal on 78 minutes through substitute Puncheon.
The winger, born
just a mile from Selhurst Park, beat United goalkeeper David de Gea
at the near post with an emphatic shot after beating the offside trap
and running on to Damien Delaney's hopeful pass back into the area
following a corner.
But United levelled
just two minutes later, and it was United captain Rooney who provided the
inspiration with a gambolling, roll-back-the-years run into the area
His cross from the
right-hand touchline found Fellaini, who chested the ball down for Mata to slam home at the far post via a deflection off Joel
Palace were handed
the advantage in the final minute of the first half of extra-time,
when Smalling became the first Englishman to be sent off in an
FA Cup final following a second yellow card for a foul on Yannick
The sending off
opened up the game again, and after Dwight Gayle and Michael Carrick
both went close in extra-time, Lingard volleyed home a brilliant
winner for 10-man United from Delaney's half-clearance.