The English FA cup is the oldest football association competition in the world, the competition is open to almost all English football clubs that are eligible. It’s an occasion that’s termed special. The Fa cup is dramatic and interesting because non-league clubs engaging with their league betters, or a League Two side up against a Premier League outfit is something entirely different from the apartheid in League football. The FA Cup is a competition which has at its heart the potential for the underdog to seize control, if not of the kennel, then at least of the back page headlines.
Manchester united’s failure to qualify for 2016/2017 champion’s league puts a lot of pressure on already shaky job of Louis Van Gaal, with fans calling for his sack and also Wayne Rooney despite being a record goal scorer approaching a successful 12 year career, and being the 3rd time at the FA cup finals needed the trophy to complete his collection. There seemed enough motivation for Manchester united to beat Crystal Palace even though lifting the FA cup wont salvage an already terrible season or compare to winning the Premier league or a Champions league qualification.
Manchester united academy graduate Jesse Lingard scored a stunning volley with just 10 minutes of extra time remaining to win the 2016 FA cup final at Wembley, Marcus Rashford picked up a knee injury 68 minute into the game and it’d be a blow to the youths pre-Euro 2016 squad membership, though the extent of the injury hasn’t been fully ascertained. David De Gea showed his importance to the team, making five crucial saves but had little chance with Puncheon’s powerfully hit goal from close range. The match ended Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Manchester united.
It is believed that Jose Mourinho is set to be appointed as the new manager, he has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015.
Off the field Manchester united had a great performance posting a 3rd quarter performance report with revenues of £123.4 million being an increase in 29% of revenue from January to March, meaning they are expected to earn £510 million in 2016.
The current season just ended but fans and foes fingers are crossed eagerly waiting to see the new management, who leaves, who stays and the new red devils signings.