By Andrew Embling
- Lingard extra-time goals FA Cup win for United
- Crystal Palace given lead by Jason Puncheon after 79 minutes
- Mata levelled for United with 81 minutes on the clock
Jesse Lingard came off the bench to score the winner and broke Crystal Palace hearts and win the FA Cup for Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United.
Palace had led late on in the game, but were pegged back before Lingard’s intervention in extra-time helped secure Manchester United a 2-1 win, a record equaling 12th FA Cup victory and their first since 2004.
The restored Marouane Fellaini headed wide from a corner as United settled well, whilst Rooney’s deflected effort had Hennessey scrambling.
But United were fortunate referee Mark Clattenberg blew for a foul instead of paying advantage as Wickham got the better of Chris Smalling.
The United defender was booked for the foul, De Gea forced to make a save from the resulting free kick as Bolasie got his head to the ball.
Mata forced Hennessey to save low as United came close whilst Martial saw his goalbound effort blocked by Ward.
United were looking dangerous, Mata saw a shot blocked, but they went to the break level.
Fellaini struck the bar early in the second half with Hennessey rooted to the spot as United pushed for the opening goal whilst Martial saw his header rattle the far post as the Red Devils came close again.
But having been pushed back for most of the second half it was Palace who made the breakthrough as Puncheon was played inside and smashed the ball beyond de Gea with just 12 minutes remaining.
But just a couple of minutes later Rooney went on a mazy run, Fellaini knocked it down and Mata’s shot was deflected past the helpless Hennessey to level up at 1-1.
Dann headed over from a Palace corner late on and Zaha struck just wide as Alan Pardew’s side came close in normal time, but five minutes of injury time couldn’t separate the sides and extra time beckoned.
Bolasie forced de Gea into a fingertip save before Smalling was sent off for a second yellow as Palace broke away at speed.
De Gea was forced to save again early in the second half before Carrick headed a golden chance for the ten men wide.
But with ten minutes to go substitute Jesse Lingard was in the right place at the right time to volley into the top corner and give United the advantage.
Palace had to push forward in search of an equaliser, Jedinak shooting narrowly wide from outside the box.
De Gea bravely saved at the feet of Zaha, coming off worse in the encounter, as the clock ticked on towards the end of extra time.
Zaha blasted over the bar as two minutes of additional time were shown on the board, but United held firm to win their first piece of silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo (Darmian 66), Carrick, Fellaini, Rooney, Mata (Lingard 90), Martial, Rashford (Young 72) Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Jones, Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera