Manchester United fans react to FA Cup win

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United fans were elated following their side’s 2-1 over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday night.

Goals from Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard ensured that Louis van Gaal‘s men – reduced to ten men after Chris Smalling was sent off during extra time – won the FA Cup for the first time in 12 years.

Supporters were in raptures at the full time whistle:

For one blissful moment, Man United fans, the trauma of this season suddenly forgotten, remembered how to smile. A cup that had so often eluded them arrived in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

Nearly everything, it felt, was against United: the woodwork was struck twice; Rashford – the prime attacking threat up to that point – limped off; Palace scored against the run of play; Smalling, the supreme dictator at the back, was sent off.

But today was emphatically United’s day; very rarely does football give you moments like this.

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