Manchester United staged a valiant comeback at Wembley to lift the coveted FA cup after 12 years. This was also the first major trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. After Jason Puncheon landed a killer punch in the 78th minute, many believed United would be down to the count.But, The Red Devils sparked an instant response, with Mata equalizing immediately, pulling the game into extra time. Jesse Lingard then came with his FA Cup moment, a thunderous volley past a helpless Wayne Hennessy.
1. Old is Gold, Because Youngsters are Diamonds
Once again, LvG ‘s faith in Manchester United’s academy stars payed off, with Jesse Lingard winning the game. In a season of turmoil and despair, the youngsters have been standouts. Marcus Rashford, who initially came in to cover up for the injured Wayne Rooney, now has cemented his spot in the first team squad. Names like Fosu-Mensah, Borthwick-Jackson and Anthony Martial are ones for the club’s future.
2. Wayne Rooney shows his importance to the side
Wayne Rooney once again showed his doubters his importance to the Manchester Club. The England Captain went on a captivating run to spark an instant comeback after Jason Puncheon appeared to have stolen the FA cup away from United. The Captain has again proved to be vital with some killer long balls and key through balls to United’s front line. Definitely, Wazza has a lot more in store.
3. FA Cup secured, but LvG still in jeopardy
LvG led Manchester United to its first FA Cup triumph in 12 years, but still, the Dutchman’s job security is in jeopardy. With no Champion’s League football next season, a dull season has left Louis Van Gaal hanging in tenterhooks. Though the FA Cup has saved some face for United in the 2015/16 season, one thing is certain, LvG is certainly not feeling home at OT.
4. Chris Smalling showed his shabby side after a long period of Brilliance
Chris Smalling showed his scrappy side yet again, with a mediocre display at Wembley. The Englishman, who has been prolific this season, struggled to keep up with his man for the evening, Yannick Bolasie. The Palace winger is known to be a nuisance to defenders and proved to be a real pain for Smalling. Smalling was cautioned for shit tugging the Palace No. 10 in the first half and was then sent off by Mark Clattenberg for another reckless shirt tugging at Bolasie. Smalling needs to find his mojo back through the pre-season in China
5. FA Cup does not shroud United’s woes
Though the FA cup triumph has brought back some lost glory to Old Trafford, it does not dismiss the problems that prevailed throughout the season. United’s struggle against smaller sides was on display again as they had to huff and puff past Palace en-route to the trophy. United’s toothless attack needs a total revamp or rejuvenation if it has to provide a stiff title challenge next season. United’s woes are more than just trophy-less periods.