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Manchester United have booked their place in the FA Cup final after coming from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley.

Ander Herrera’s composed second-half finish proved the decisive goal as Spurs lost in the semi-finals of the competition for a second straight season.

Jose Mourinho’s men made a dreadful start and went behind after eleven minutes when Dele Alli got on the end of Christian Eriksen’s menacing cross to finish off a swift Spurs attack.

United got on level terms when ex-Arsenal man Alexis Sanchez headed beyond the reach of Michel Vorm after Paul Pogba expertly dispossessed Mousa Dembele in a dangerous position.

And the game was turned on its head after the break when Herrera’s low effort went through the Spurs defence and Vorm who perhaps should have done better to send the travelling Red Devils faithful wild.

STAR MAN

United were second best at the start of the game but they managed to dig themselves out of trouble. At the centre of this was Herrera.

He lacked a bit of discipline in the first-half, much to the fury of Mourinho, but the Spaniard was in imperious form after the break, bagging the winning goal and running the hard yards to prevent Spurs getting a late equaliser.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Alli’s hilarious celebration after his goal certainly wins the comedy prize, but Herrera’s decisive strike is the moment of the match.

The United midfielder might have been pleasantly surprised that the ball went in and Spurs fans will undoubtedly say Vorm was found wanting as their big game hoodoo continues.

LINE-UPS

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia (Darmian 80), Jones, Smalling, Young, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard (Rashford 82), Sanchez (Fellaini 90+5), Lukaku 

Subs not used: Pereira, Lindelof, Mata, Martial

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Vorm, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies (Lucas Moura 68), Dier, Dembele (Wanyama 77), Eriksen, Dele, Son (Lamela 86), Kane

Subs not used: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sissoko

MATCH STATS

NEXT FIXTURE

Manchester United v Arsenal (Premier League) – Sunday April 29

Tottenham v Watford (Premier League) – Monday April 30

 

 


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