Anthony Martial scored a sensational injury-time winner to send Manchester United into the FA Cup final with a 2-1 win over Everton.
United led thanks to Marouane Fellaini’s goal but both sides had enough chances to make the score more than just 1-0 at the break, Romelu Lukaku squandering two great opportunities.
If the first half was lively, the second was pulsating. Anthony Taylor looked to have made a mistake in awarding Everton a penalty but David de Gea excellently saved Lukaku’s resultant spot kick.
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United were then unfortunate not to have a penalty themselves when Phil Jagielka saved Fellaini’s close range effort with his arm. And the match looked to be heading to extra-time after Chris Smalling deflected substitute Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.

Manchester United's David De Gea saves a penalty taken by Everton's Romelu Lukaku

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But the excellent Martial had other ideas, latching onto Ander Herrara’s pass to put United into their first final since 2007 where they will meet either Watford or Crystal Palace.

TALKING POINT

A tale of two penalties. According to Anthony Taylor, it appears that if a defender wins the ball with his foot, it’s a penalty but if he saves a goal with his hand, it isn’t. Two bad mistakes but didn’t affect the outcome.

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MAN OF THE MATCH

Anthony Martial (Man Utd): One of United’s most creative players, frightening the life out the Everton defence with his pace. Got the crucial goal to send United to the final.

PLAYER RATINGS

Man Utd: De Gea 7, Fosu-Mensah 6, Smalling 6, Blind 6, Rojo 6, Carrick 6, Fellaini 7, Lingard 7, Rooney 7, Martial 8, Rashford 7. SUBS: Valencia 6, Herrera 6.

Manchester United's Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Wayne Rooney and David De Gea celebrate after the match as Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejected

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Everton: Joel 6, Baines 6, Gibson 6, Stones 7, Jagielka 7, Lukaku 6, Lennon 6, Cleverley 6, McCarthy 6, Besic 6, Barkley 7. SUBS: Mirallas 6, Deulofeu 7.
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KEY MOMENTS
5’ – CHANCE EVERTON: Lukaku springs through the middle and goes round de Gea. The angle is tight and Rooney gets back to head his effort off the line.
11’ – CHANCE UNITED: It’s brilliant interplay between Lingard and Rashford and only a poor touch from the latter and a good tackle by Stones denies United.
16’ – CHANCE EVERTON: Lukaku is in behind the United defence again but a poor touch means that the angle is tight and de Gea makes the save.
34’ – GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Everton: It’s ex-Evertonian Marouane Fellaini who puts United ahead, tapping home Martial’s excellent run and cross.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini heads at goal

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58 - PENALTY SAVE! Everton look fortunate to be awarded a penalty but De Gea dives to his right to palm away Lukaku’s well-struck spot kick.
60’ – EVERTON CHANCE: Cleverly runs onto Lennon’s cross at the back post but fires over.
63’ – CHANCE EVERTON: Lukaku should score but somehow heads over after being distracted by Besic, who was equally well placed to score.
65’ – PENALTY SHOUT! Fellaini looks like he will score his second but Jagielka dives in to save with his arm at the last moment, unspotted by Anthony Taylor.
75 – GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Everton: Deulofeu’s cross is deflected into his own net by Smalling
90+3’ – GOAL! Man Utd 2-1 Everton: Martial wins it, sweeping home Herrera’s pass.

KEY STATS

Manchester United reach their first final since 2007
Marouane Fellaini scores his second goal in five FA Cup appearances
Chris Smalling scores his second own goal since April 2010, when he did so for Fulham, also against Everton
Romelu Lukaku has missed his last two penalties for Everton
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