Sublime Lingard volley seals Man United FA Cup win

Sat May 21, 2016 5:25pm EDT
 
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By Steve Tongue

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United substitute Jesse Lingard's superb volley in extra time secured a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for their first major trophy in three years.

However, their Dutch manager Louis van Gaal was left wondering whether it would be enough to preserve his job two seasons into a three-year contract amid British media reports that Jose Mourinho would be offered the job next week.

The game was locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Jason Puncheon coming off the bench to put London side Palace ahead 12 minutes from time before Juan Mata equalized three minutes later.

United central defender Chris Smalling was sent off in the extra period for a second yellow card but Lingard's moment of class gave them the Cup for the first time since 2004.

"It's fantastic to win this title for the club, the fans and also for me," Van Gaal said. "Now I have won a Cup in four countries. Not many managers can say that so I am very happy.

"I don't want to talk about leaving the club."

BRILLIANT RUN   Continued...

 
Britain Football Soccer - Crystal Palace v Manchester United - FA Cup Final - Wembley Stadium - 21/5/16
Manchester United players celebrate winning the final as Jason Puncheon looks dejected
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