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Published: 20:05 | 21/5/16

Lingard nets FA Cup winner for Man Utd

Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley after extra-time

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.

Palace were 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.

United striker 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 from midfield.

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 Ward.

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 Bolasie.

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.

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