Anthony Martial scored a late goal as Manchester United beat Everton in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley.
Maroune Fellaini opened the scoring for Manchester United halfway through the second half, before an own-goal by Chris Smalling levelled the game up with fifteen minutes to go in the game.
The own-goal came shortly after a penalty save by David De Gea that kept United’s lead in tact; Romelu Lukaku stepped up and missed the crucial penalty. De Gea said “It’s fantastic, it’s a great feeling to save a penalty, but it’s unbelievable to win it so late, It will be fantastic for the club and fans if we can win the FA Cup now”.
With the dying embers of the game the most expensive teenager in football Anthony Martial placed the ball past Joel Robles as United sealed their place in the FA Cup Final against either Watford or Crystal Palace.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal said “it’s fantastic to see the joy in the eyes of the players and the fans. The referee gave us no fouls for our benefit in the second half, he changed the match in the second half, and Everton came into the game because of all the fouls”.
United started the game positively with strong possession, they found the breakthrough after thirty minutes when Martial burst into Everton’s box who squared the ball back to Fellaini who placed the ball home to put United ahead.
Everton started the second half strongly with some good efforts that they thought had paid off when Timothy Fosu-Mensah appeared to bring down Ross Barkley in the box and Anthony Taylor gave the penalty, but De Gea stood tall and saved the penalty.
With fifteen minutes to go, Everton found their breakthrough from a cross by Gerard Deulofeu that ricocheted off Smalling’s leg into United’s goal to give Everton a much-needed goal. Then deep into added time, Martial was played through the heart of Everton’s defence and coolly slotted past Joel to send United into the FA Cup Final.