SANCHEZ STARS AS MANCHESTER UNITED REACH FA CUP FINALS.
7. Alexis Sánchez (24') , 21. Ander Herrera (62')
20. Dele Alli (11')
Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera made sure Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the Emirates cup semi Final and reached the FA Cup Final. The defeat condemned Tottenham to an eighth straight semi-final defeat.
Spurs began with a enthusiasm which has been lacking in recent weeks, putting Mourinho’s side to the test within the opening minute.
United held firm early on and then took control, picking holes in the Spurs midfield time and again, looking to find the likes of Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.
After a spell of pressure from Mourinho’s side, Spurs struck. As Davinson Sanchez made a somewhat hopeful clearance down the right flank, an unmarked Christian Eriksen dealing with the clearance . The Dane carried the ball further down the right before making a cross inside the box which was poked inside the net by Dele Alli.
From there Tottenham had the chance to take control. Harry Kanewas inches away from doubling the lead when he came close to finishing a clipped cross from Son.
Manchester United were shaked , with Alli, Son and Eriksen asking questions from their full-backs at any opportunity.
United bagged the equaliser, as Mousa Dembele cheaply lost the ball to Paul Pogba in his own half. The Frenchman flicked a quick cross to the far post, with Spurs still out of shape at the back, allowing the former Arsenal man Sanchez to rise between Ben Davies and Jan Vertonghen to level things up.
An entertaining first half could well have finished with Spurs in front, though, as Eric Dier’s testing effort from range clipped the foot of the post before Anthony Taylor blew the whistle.
The second half struggled to match the first for pace early on, with neither side willing to risk all in pursuit of a second goal, and it took a touch of fortune to see a third goal of the evening.
As Sanchez, who shone for perhaps the first real time in a Manchester United shirt, continued to pester Trippier, the Chilean crossed for Lukaku, whose botched touch – via a smart leave from Jesse Lingard – found the path of Herrera.
The Spaniard rattled a low effort, through the legs of Davies, past a helpless Michel Vorm. Pochetino made his first change when he introduced January signing Lucas Moura, who has seen very little time since his move from Paris-Saint Germain.
The Brazilian replaced Davies and, while Spurs remained with their back four, there was little added going forward as United took control and kept Pochettino’s side at bay.
Despite the introduction of Erik Lamela, Spurs couldn't get an equaliser as a disciplined Manchester United defence stood their ground.
The win for Manchester United ensured Jose Mourinho will return to Wembley for the final on May 19.
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Yoing; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez
Substitutes: Pereira, Darmian, Lindelof, Fellaini, Mata, Martial, Rashford
Tottenham XI: Vorm, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.
Substitutes: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Wanyama, Sissoko, Lamela, Lucas Moura
Man Utd: De Gea (7), Valencia (6), Jones (6), Smalling (7), Young (6), Matic (6), Herrera (8), Pogba (7), Lingard (7), Sanchez (8), Lukaku (7).
Subs: Darmian (5), Fellaini (n/a), Rashford (5).
Tottenham: Vorm (5), Trippier (5), Sanchez (6), Vertonghen (6), Davies (6), Dier (5), Dembele (5), Eriksen (6), Alli (6), Son (5), Kane (5).
Subs: Wanyama (5), Lamela (n/a), Moura (5).
Man of the Match: Alexis Sanchez
Manchester United have reached their 29th major domestic cup final (20 FA Cup, 9 League Cup), more than any other side in English football.
United have reached the FA Cup final in two of the last three seasons, having failed to reach the showpiece in eight consecutive seasons previously.
Tottenham haven't lost a single Premier League game in which they've led this season, but have now been eliminated from their three other competitions this season in games in which they took the lead (2-3 vs West Ham in the League Cup, 1-2 vs Juventus in the Champions League).
Spurs also extended their record run of consecutive FA Cup semi-final defeats to eight, last winning one in 1991.
Alexis Sanchez has scored eight goals in his eight appearances at Wembley for club and country, including six goals in five FA Cup matches.
Ander Herrera has scored in each of his last two FA Cup games, as many as he had in his previous 15 in the competition.
Jose Mourinho has reached his sixth major domestic final in England (2 FA Cup, 4 League Cup), winning each of his previous five.