Manchester derby for FA Cup final

After a goalless 120 minutes, the Red Devils were lucky to earn a chance to fight for the FA Cup trophy, as they managed to see off Brighton at Wembley on penalties on a 7-6 scoreline after March blasted his penalty over, and Lindelof scored the crucial winner.

The first half was more in favour of the Seagulls as they were clearly the better side, with Mac Allister testing De Gea with a curling freekick which the latter managed to palm out. The Red Devils were having a tough time as they were pinned back. Fernandes did have a chance at the other end thou, but Sanchez denied him with a firm save. The Red Devils did get out as the game wore on, but more on counters, and looking more like individual attempts rather than well constructed actions, and abusing on long balls forward. They created a couple of opportunities at the end of the half but not really threatening the opposition.

The second half saw a more motivated performance from the men in red, but again Brighton were close to score, with Enciso forcing De Gea into a flying save. Welbeck then sent a header over the crossbar from the resulting corner. Antony wasted chances at the other end with his selfish nature, as his shots were too tamed to beat the keeper, while he could have played with his teammates for more open chances. United had the upper hand but still the score remained goalless, and De Gea was called into action late on to deny March.

Enter extra-time, and Sabitzer for Antony, but the Seagulls again nearly took advantage as they got forward. Weghorst was then sent on for Fernandes, but still the Red Devils were not able to score. Rashford was presented with a golden chance, but his deflected effort was saved. March gave United a late scare as he drifted his way into the box, only for Shaw to deflect the ball for a corner. Time for penalty shootout to designate a winner, and after six successful penalties from each side, March stepped up for Brighton, but blasted his effort well over, leaving Lindelof to finish the job with a well taken penalty to send the Red Devils into the final. However, for me it will be advantage to Manchester City as their football is currently well above the Red Devils, and they are looking for their own historical treble, while the Red Devils have a long way to go to play a champagne football like them.


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