The perimeters couldn’t be separated after an enthralling 120 minutes which ebbed and flowed, with each groups on prime at numerous factors however unable to search out the online.
It fell then, to the oft-dreaded spot-kicks and, when Solly March missed his effort in sudden demise, with the scores at 6-6, Victor Lindelof had the prospect to win it for the Reds.
The Swede did simply that, sparking pandemonium within the United finish. Listed below are a dozen speaking factors from an excellent day within the capital, which sees us arrange a mouthwatering closing in June…
AN FA CUP FIRST
United and Brighton went into Sunday’s sport understanding the id of the aspect they have been bidding to face in June’s closing. Manchester Metropolis’s 3-0 victory over Sheffield United right here 24 hours beforehand, courtesy of a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick, arrange the prospect of a first-ever all-Manchester showpiece occasion on this competitors – a exceptional stat contemplating United and Metropolis have gained it 18 occasions between them. It was a future that may be realised, after two hours of rigidity…
TEN HAG’S TEAM
With Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez injured, and Harry Maguire suspended, it was unclear who could be partnering Lindelof within the centre of United’s defence – Luke Shaw and Casemiro have each crammed in there this marketing campaign, however the former has additionally had health points not too long ago, whereas the latter is arguably our key man in midfield. The XIs have been introduced at 15:30 BST and, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot each within the staff, it was clear that Shaw had been given the job. Bruno Fernandes additionally returned to the aspect following suspension, whereas rumours of Anthony Martial being unavailable following his damage in Seville have been unfounded as he began – as did Marcus Rashford, for the primary time in a fortnight.