Ander Herrera scored the winner as Manchester United came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and sent The Red Devils into a record-equalling 20th FA Cup final. And Tottenham saw this as their eighth successive defeat at this stage of the competition.
While Manchester United started the match very poor, Tottenham playing on the ground which has been their temporary home all season, started at a ferocious pace and fully deserved the early lead they took after only 11 minutes when Dele Alli slid home a finish from Christian Eriksen’s cross after Davinson Sanchez’s long pass opened up Manchester United’s defence.
Jose Mourinho’s side held on, with moments of good fortune, and grasped the lifeline that came with a cheap concession of possession from Tottenham, a perfect cross from Paul Pogba and an athletic header from Wembley specialist, Alexis Sanchez to beat Michel Vorm in the 24th minute for his eighth goal in eight appearances at the stadium.
Alexis Sanchez is also still on course for a third FA Cup win, having won the trophy twice previously at Arsenal, scoring in victorious finals against Aston Villa and Chelsea.
Manchester United went ahead after 62 minutes when Ander Herrera neatly struck his shot from Romelu Lukaku’s mis-controlled pass through the legs of Ben Davies and past stand-in keeper Michel Vorm to spark wild celebrations.
Ander Herrera has now scored in each of his last two FA Cup games, as many as he had in his previous 15 in the competition. And his team mate, Paul Pogba has now recorded 12 assists in all competitions this season – twice as many as he registered last season.
The Red Devils in recent weeks alone have come from behind to beat Chelsea at Old Trafford then recovered from 2-0 deficits to win at Crystal Palace and, most notably, at Premier League champions Manchester City.
While United can look forward to the prospect of finishing the season with some silverware, Tottenham must pick themselves up after an eighth successive FA Cup semi-final loss and Pochettino still without a trophy after four seasons at the club. Standing between United and a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph will be Chelsea or Southampton, who play on Sunday.
(Photo source: Express.co.uk)