Talking points from Wembley

Sunday 21 April 2024 19:52

Manchester United booked a second consecutive FA Cup final clash with Manchester City after a breathless semi-final tie with Coventry City at Wembley on Sunday.

Erik ten Hag's men squandered a three-goal lead as the Sky Blues fought back in dramatic fashion, with Ellis Simms, Callum O'Hare and Haji Wright all netting during the second half.

With extra-time unable to decide a winner it was to be a penalty shootout, with the Reds emerging victorious by 4-2 on spot-kicks, as Rasmus Hojlund slammed home the pivotal strike.

A dramatic cup encounter, involving six goals, a late VAR intervention and a superb atmosphere is hard to sum up, but here's my best attempt as we prepare for yet another Wembley showcase date...

United reach the FA Cup final


The showpiece event is set to be an all-Manchester showdown for the second successive season.


A midfielder by trade, Casemiro's best abilities are usually seen breaking up play and spraying passes to get United's middle-of-the-park metronome going. Asked to partner Harry Maguire in the absence of multiple defensive options, our no.18 was often the deepest player and stood up to the test when the Reds needed him most in the capital. Playing the whole contest from start to finish, his desire in Red cannot be understated and the Brazilian was worthy of his praise.


Time and time again this season, Scott McTominay has popped up with vital goals at vital moments, and his Wembley opener was no different. Latching onto Diogo Dalot's cross to prod home, our no.39 became the first Scotland international to score at Wembley for United since Brian McClair in May 1994 against Chelsea.


Maguire's timely header handed United a lovely cushion with the first-half break looming. The England international lost Simms brilliantly inside the area and even ushered a cheeky grin the way of Coventry's supporters in front of us and was mobbed soon after for his vital contribution. Not a bad time to grab your third goal of the season and he stood tall throughout when most needed him.


Our victory over Coventry ensured a staggering 22nd FA Cup final appearance for United, having won the famous competition 12 times in total. Made to work hard for yet another showing in the showpiece event, our last FA Cup trophy lift came back in 2016 when Crystal Palace were beaten and with a heroic display needed that day, our current crop of players could do with channelling some of the same energy in a month's time. 

Who was United's Man of the Match against Coventry?poll

Who was United's Man of the Match against Coventry?


Set for a fifth date at Wembley Stadium under Erik ten Hag's tutelage next month, United will hope to return to the capital and better last year's FA Cup final scoreline when we face crosstown rivals Manchester City. The Blues can still claim two pieces of silverware and we don't doubt for a second that the Reds are keen to burst some bubbles come May 25.


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