Ten Hag and United through penalties to dream FA Cup final against city rival City
Manchester United has reached the final of the FA Cup. Coach Ten Hag’s team needed penalties in the semi-final match at Wembley, after a 0-0 final score, to get rid of Brighton & Hove Albion.
The soccer was not too good, but the battle between the two matched teams made up for much. There were chances on both sides, although Brighton’s were a bit bigger. However, goalkeeper David de Gea showed his class. With the addition of Jadon Sancho and Wout Weghorst, Manchester United’s pressure increased, but no goals were scored.
In the penalty series, both teams were a lot more accurate. Weghorst shot the 12th in on behalf of United, then things went wrong for the Premier League number eight in the 13th, from Solly March.
Manchester City advanced to the final on Saturday. At Wembley, it beat Sheffield United (number two in the Championship) 3-0. The final will be played at London’s Wembley on June 3.
‘Determination and resilience’
United played soccer again as it should. That is what coach Erik ten Hag said afterwards, a few days after the hopeless elimination against Sevilla in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
“Thursday in Spain I saw a team I didn’t recognize,” he referred to the festival of errors against Sevilla. “Fortunately, today we played again as we usually do. With determination and resilience. We fought for every meter and because of that we won the battle. And we played out good chances again.”