Manchester United beat Brighton on penalties at Wembley on Sunday to arrange an FA Cup remaining in opposition to treble-chasing Manchester City. Victor Lindelof scored the decisive spot-kick as Erik ten Hag’s crew gained 7-6, following a miss by Solly March, staying on the right track for a home cup double. The semi-final completed 0-0 after extra-time, with neither aspect exhibiting the innovative required to interrupt the impasse. Ten Hag made three adjustments from his crew’s Europa League horror present in Sevilla in midweek.
Luke Shaw got here in at centre-back for the suspended Harry Maguire, with Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes changing Jadon Sancho and Marcel Sabitzer.
United have already gained League Cup this season to finish a six-year trophy drought and are in a robust place to complete within the high 4 of the Premier League.
But their confidence took a battering in Thursday’s 3-0 defeat in Spain, which meant a 5-2 defeat on combination within the Europa League quarter-finals.
Brighton, who misplaced the FA Cup remaining replay to United 40 years in the past, had gained the previous two league fixtures between the perimeters and got here to Wembley on a excessive after beating Chelsea final week.
The south-coast membership settled first and had an early sight of objective when Kaoru Mitoma was introduced down clumsily on the sting of the field by Antony within the sixth minute.
Argentine World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister hit a effective curling effort that David De Gea did nicely to maintain out earlier than Julio Enciso flashed a shot huge.
Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton have been dominating possession, with United apparently joyful to sit down again and attempt to exploit the tempo of Rashford and Antony.
Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez beat out a Bruno Fernandes effort in United’s first significant effort.
The massed ranks of Brighton followers have been eager to play on the nerves of De Gea each time the ball landed at his toes following a nightmare recreation for the Spaniard in Seville.
Paraguay worldwide Enciso shot narrowly huge simply after the half hour mark after effective work down the left by the spectacular Mitoma.
United, for lengthy intervals scrappy, produced a flurry of possibilities shortly earlier than half-time.
First Fernandes flashed narrowly huge when the unmarked Anthony Martial was begging for the ball in the course of the field earlier than Martial mishit an tried chip nicely over the bar.
Then Rashford picked out Christian Eriksen, whose shot was kicked away by Sanchez.
Brighton have been shortly out of the blocks in the beginning of the second half. Enciso compelled De Gea into a wise save earlier than former United ahead Danny Welbeck headed over from the ensuing nook.
United then carved out a golden probability to take the lead when Rashford was introduced down by Enciso within the sixty fourth minute however Fernandes didn’t get the ball over the wall.
United have been now on high however couldn’t pressure a breakthrough and the strain ratcheted up as the sport entered the final 10 minutes of regular time.
March compelled a effective save from De Gea as Brighton poured ahead once more, searching for a late winner after which he headed over from a nook.
But neither aspect may break the impasse and referee Craig Pawson blew for extra-time.
The recreation grew to become stretched, with half-chances at each ends earlier than Rashford’s deflected shot was turned away by Sanchez because the clock ticked right down to the tip of the primary interval of additional time.
By now United had made 5 adjustments.
Top-scorer Rashford, who struggled to hit high gear, flashed huge with 10 minutes to go earlier than De Gea cleared following a goalmouth scramble on the different finish.
A high-quality shootout befell in entrance of the massed ranks of the Brighton followers however finally the Red Devils held their nerve.
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