The Crystal Palace players are slumped on the Wembley turf. It all looked so promising for Palace when Jason Pucheon opened the scoring with just 12 minutes of normal time remaining, but a Juan Mata equaliser and a Jesse Lingard extra-time winner has secured Manchester United their 12th FA Cup in the club's illustrious history.
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Crystal Palace - Manchester United
The Emirates FA Cup - 21 May 2016
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The final whistle goes and Manchester United have won the FA Cup!
The flag is up for an offside and Manchester United will take this opportunity to waste as much time as possible. It's looking like being heartbreak for Crystal Palace.
The fourth official holds up his board and reveals the number '2'. Is that enough time for a dramatic twist?!
Palace pour forward on the break, but Zaha's shot from distance flies over the bar. 2-1 it remains.
Manchester United are a matter of seconds away from winning their 12th FA Cup...
De Gea comes charging off his line to save at the feet of Zaha and receives a clattering for his troubles. It was a tight angle so a shot wasn't really on, but it was still brave goalkeeper. De Gea will be fine to continue.
Palace are throwing everybody forward, but United are camped on the edge of their own box and aren't likely to make it easy for Pardew's side to find an equaliser.
Both sets of fans are in fine voice: the United end celebrating and the Palace fans urging their players forward.
Jedinak thumps a shot from distance narrowly wide. Palace need to respond quickly if they are to avoid another cup final heartache against Manchester United.
That was an opportunity that came out of nowhere for Lingard, but his connection was as sweet as you like and Hennessey didn't even have time to react before the ball flew past him.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Jesse Lingard scores for Manchester United, lashing a shot past Hennessey after a clearance falls to him on the edge of the box. 2-1 United!
Carrick heads fractionally wide after bursting on to Lingard's dinked cross. That was a wonderful chance to win the FA Cup and Carrick's face suggests that he knows it!
Gayle is played through on goal, but his shot from an angle is well saved by De Gea. Palace know they have a big change here with United a man down and with no changes left to strengthen their defence.
Here we go again...
It's half-time in extra-time and the two teams gather by the dugouts for a quick drink. Smalling's defending was ridiculous for that second yellow and he deserved to go, but he's given his team a problem for the final 15 minutes.
Chris Smalling hauls down Bolasie as the Palace speedster springs forward on the counter-attack and it's a clear second yellow for the United centre-back. Smalling trudges down the tunnel with few complaints.
Jedinak muscles Rooney off the ball to deny the United skipper a chance to cross. The last ten minutes of normal time were action-packed, but since the restart it has been pretty uneventful.
Carrick shows his experience by drawing a foul out of Bolasie to give United the chance to clear their lines.
Bolasie latches on to a knock-down and is denied by a De Gea save at the goalkeeper's near post.
Fellaini catches Jedinak with a flailing arm and is penalised by the referee. It wasn't his worst such offence and Clattenburg keeps his cards in his pocket.
Rooney fouls Puncheon and nervously looks at the referee, but a second yellow isn't coming for the United captain. That was probably a fair call.
Puncheon and Fellaini are given a lengthy talking to by Clattenburg. It gives the other players a chance to catch their breath.
There are some tired legs out there, but I'm still recovering from that Alan Pardew dance after Puncheon's goal...
Darmian curls in a cross, but it's slightly too firmly hit and drifts behind for a goal-kick.
Palace break at pace, but United just about manage to get enough men back to snuff the move out. Counter-attacking is going to be the main option for Palace now, with so much pace in their front four.
The game is back underway at Wembley. Both teams have made three changes so it's down to the 22 who are out there.
The final whistle goes and it's 1-1... which means we'll have another 30 minutes and possibly penalties.
Zaha wriggles free of Smalling but his shot is sliced and can only find the side-netting. Extra-time beckons.
Scott Dann has injured himself and has been bravely trying to play on, but Pardew makes the right decision and replaces him with Adrian Mariappa.
There will be five more minutes of normal time - plenty for one of these teams to grab a winner.
A long ball into the box is fired towards Fellaini, but the big Belgian can't get on the end of it. Meanwhile Mata is replaced by Jesse Lingard.
The game has opened up as both teams push hard for the winner. United look the more likely, but we're drifting close to extra-time.
Rooney is increasingly involved in the game, but gets carried away a tad and is booked for a late challenge. Rooney didn't do enough to stamp his authority on the opening 80 minutes of the game, but he's doing his level best to make amends.
Dwight Gayle replaces Wickham up top for Palace.
Ashley Young has a shot blocked in the box and Palace scramble it clear. United have the bit between their teeth and Palace are shell-shocked having been pegged back so quickly after Puncheon's opener.
It was brilliant work from Rooney to open up Palace for the equaliser. His driving run was what we used to see from him much more regularly, but to see him producing it from midfield is particularly impressive.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Juan Mata equalises for Manchester United after great work by Rooney saw the captain's cross chested down by Fellaini at the back post. 1-1!
And Alan Pardew celebrated the goal with a quite extraordinary dance. Don't believe me? Well we'll definitely see it replayed again and again, I can assure you of that.
That was a sensational finish by the substitute, who only just managed to escape being offside as he came out from taking the corner. The travelling Palace fans are bouncing!
GOOOAAALLL!!! Jason Puncheon scores for Crystal Palace! His corner is cleared by Fellaini, but he's picked out at the far post as Palace keep the move alive and he controls it neatly before lashing a shot past De Gea at the near post. 1-0!
A ball into the box won't quite sit for Dann, who has turned into a makeshift centre-forward for Palace.
Substitute Young tries to skip outside Delaney, but he telegraphed his intentions and it's comfortable for the centre-back to deal with.
United have gone direct, looking to play off Fellaini with long balls into the box. It's not the prettiest, but Palace can't get out of their own half.
Jason Puncheon is on for Palace, replacing a visibly disappointed Cabaye in that more advanced role in the central midfield three.
Bolasie is caught marginally offside as Palace look to spring forward on the counter-attack.
Ashley Young is going to replace the injured Rashford.
Rashford has hurt his knee and might not be able to continue. That will be a worry for United because he's been their most threatening player today... and it will also be a worry for Roy Hodgson, who would probably have been leaning towards picking the youngster.
This won't go down as a classic FA Cup final, but it's there for both teams to go on and win it and we should have an exciting final 20 minutes.
Rojo hobbles off, firing some choice words in Delaney's direction as he goes, and Darmian replaces him.
Rooney's lack of involvement in the game has been striking. He occasionally looks good on the ball, but all too often he holds on to it for too long and when he does see a run he doesn't have the consistency to always pick the right pass. Comparisons with Scholes are way off the mark.
Delaney scythes down Rojo with a rash late challenge and is rightly booked. Rojo is going to need treatment.
United go close again as the game begins to open up. Martial flicks a Valencia header beyond Hennessey but it comes back off the post. That's twice the woodwork has been struck since the break.
Fellaini has been heavily involved since the break, but this time it's in a defensive capacity as he's brought back to help deal with a string of Palace set-pieces.
The vast majority of the atmosphere at Wembley is coming from the Palace end. Selhurst Park is notoriously loud compared to many Premier League grounds, and the Palace fans have brought that noise with them from south London.
Hmm. I didn't think Rashford would make the final cut, but on this evidence he'd make my 23 above a number of forward options for England.
A free-kick drops for Jedinak at the back post, but he can't sort his feet out in time and can only loop a shot harmlessly high and wide.
Valencia fizzes a ball across the face of goal and it's cut out before a United teammate can react. Van Gaal has clearly had strong words at the break, because his side have visibly upped their intensity.
Rashford tees up Fellaini and the Belgian rattles an effort off the bar from inside the box. That's the best effort of the game so far and it's brought the United end to life for the first time.
McArthur has just one man to beat as he bears down on goal, but the flag is up against the Palace midfielder.
Long throws are a big danger when Palace are playing, but Manchester United manage to scramble it away on two occasions in quick succession.
Dann fouls Rashford and picks up a deserved booking. Rashford has been excellent today and has shown exactly why he's in the England squad. With his pace in the channels there's a real chance he could make the final 23 - possibly at the expense of Andros Townsend.
It's hard not to feel a bit sorry for Karen Harding, but there's a game being played and the players are back out on the Wembley turf for the second half.
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Right on cue...
The whistle goes and the players head for the Wembley dressing rooms. A glitch disrupted the national anthem before kick-off, and by the looks of things Karen Harding passed those problems on to referee Mark Clattenburg. He's failed to play advantage on three big occasions, once that saw a goal chalked off and another denying a one-on-one. Wayne Rooney can also count himself fortunate not to have given away a penalty. Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata both went close for Manchester United, but Louis van Gaal and his players can count themselves lucky that the referee's decisions have gone their way.
Mata is booked for a late challenge on Souare right in front of the dugouts and Pardew lets the Spain international know what he thinks of the tackle.
Martial weaves into the box from the left - something of a trademark - but he is crowded out.
Three big decisions have all gone United's way in this first half. That's the sort of fortune you need sometimes and Van Gaal's side will take confidence from the support of lady luck.
Clattenburg fails to play advantage again as Ward is fouled but gets in behind the defence. Rojo is booked, but that's not what Palace wanted and the pacing Pardew has plenty of reasons to be complaining.
That's a disallowed goal and a penalty decision for Palace and Pardew to feel aggrieved about. If the south Londoners lose then expect to hear a lot more about those two incidents.
Rooney is very fortunate not to have given away a penalty on second viewing. He got nowhere near the ball with his challenge and clearly knocked Zaha off balance.
Rooney gives the ball away in midfield but tracks back and makes a sliding tackle in the box to dispossess Zaha. The Palace fans scream for a penalty as the players collapse in a tangle, but the decision goes the other way.
Rashford has been brilliant so far, with his pace in the channels particularly eye-catching. The watching Roy Hodgson will be very impressed.
Rashford picks out the unmarked Martial, but the France international's shot is blocked by Ward as it arrowed towards the back of the net.
United aren't at their flowing best, but Fellaini should have found the back of the net and has been the most threatening player on the pitch.
With half an hour gone Crystal Palace are starting to settle down and string some passes together. Bolasie and Zaha are beginning to find space on the flanks and they maybe should be ahead after that Clattenburg-Wickham incident.
Bolasie fizzes in a shot from distance, but De Gea makes a comfortable save. Moments later Wickham and Zaha combine to threaten the United goal once again. It's fair to say that this game is very finely balanced.
He may not be pretty to watch or particularly technically brilliant, but Marouane Fellaini must be horrible to play against. He's just so good in the air, and his presence gives United a different way of playing if they need it.
Fellaini holds his head in his hands as his glancing header comes off Jedinak and slides agonisingly wide of Hennessey's goal.
Rooney smashes a shot from distance over the bar and Pardew takes the chance to mime a ball to his players - presumably meaning that they should try and keep it for a bit. Pep Guardiola he is not.
Hennessey denies Mata with a terrific save to keep it at 0-0. The ease with which Palace's defence was torn open there will be a big concern, but they will be grateful that the Spaniard didn't quite catch his shot as well as he could have done.
A foul in the box is spotted by Clattenburg and a lengthy spell of Palace pressure is brought to an end.
Pardew is furious on the touchline and you can understand why. If there was ever a situation where advantage should have been played then it was surely that.
Smalling is booked for a foul on Wickham, but that's only half the story. Wickham got back to his feet after the incident, weaving into the box and finding the back of the net... only to then realise that the whistle had already gone.
Waddle's not wrong. Pardew's side look a little overawed, although that's hardly surprising given how rarely any of the players have performed on such a big stage.
Palace break but fail to put Bolasie away. De Gea does well to race across and deny the London side a corner after the through-ball took a touch off Blind.
Fellaini gets across his marker from the corner, but he's put under a lot of pressure and his glancing header flies wide of the far post.
Rashford jinks into the box but his shot is deflected behind for another United corner. The pace of the young English striker has caused Palace plenty of problems in the opening moments of the game.
United have started the game brightly, but there's been plenty of encouragement for Palace too - particularly the space they've been able to find in wide areas.
Rashford tries to get on the outside of Delaney and is brought down in the box, but the Palace defender just managed to get a toe to the ball and a corner is given.
A United cross is fired towards Fellaini in the box, but Hennessey gathers under pressure from the big Belgian.
Wayne Rooney has already showcased his favourite pass - the raking long ball to Valencia on the right. On this occasion it failed to find the correct target, but the Wembley crowd can expect to see that pass on plenty more occasions this evening.
The Palace fans are making all of the noise and their team look extremely fired up. Recognising the need to quieten Palace down, United have stroked the ball around calmly for the first few minutes.
Crystal Palace get the game underway, kitted out in their usual red and blue stripes. Manchester United are in their change white and black strip.
The anthem has been sung (kind of - singer Karen Harding either didn't get a cue or couldn't hear the music so missed at least half of it) and we're all set for kick-off.
♫ And now, as is traditional, the familiar strains of 'Abide with Me' reverberate around Wembley. ♫
Tinie Tempah is currently 'entertaining' the fans on a stage in the middle of the impressively decorated Wembley pitch. It's an impressive spectacle, but may mean the kick-off is a couple of minutes late as this doesn't seem to be running according to schedule.
Kick-off is just 15 minutes away and Wembley is rapidly filling up. It's been a very lively atmosphere in central London this afternoon and that mood hasn't been lost somewhere along the Metropolitan line.
One certainty from the build-up to this game is that Palace manager Alan Pardew spent almost as much time picking out his FA Cup final suit as he did choosing the team’s tactics. The first sighting of ‘Pards’ reveals that he’s gone for a classic navy number with dark brown shoes… accompanied of course by that Cheshire cat grin.
The FA Cup takes a bit of stick from some quarters, but it's still special and Ben Snowball (Eurosport's man at Wembley today) explains why.
That lack of energy comes from a midfield that includes Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata – three players hardly renowned for their endless running. There’s plenty of quality in that midfield though, with the pace of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford giving United a threat in behind. Marouane Fellaini starts, which is the only slight shock in Louis van Gaal’s team selection.
So the teams are in and Crystal Palace have predictably picked a side with plenty of pace out wide to hit Manchester United on the counter. Wilfried Zaha had tears in his eyes out on the pitch before the warm-up, which led to speculation that the former United man might not be starting, but he’s in the team and will be looking to get outside the Palace full-backs and show just why he was named Palace’s Player of the Season. Hitting the Manchester club on the break could be an effective tactic against a United side who aren’t the most energetic in midfield.
Good news (and an easy laugh) from The Times' Chief Sports Writer Matt Dickinson.
One brave Palace fan was spotted wearing an Emmanuel Adebayor shirt, glancing down Wembley Way. Many Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham fans are probably wondering why...
PALACE TEAM NEWS
Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha - surely Palace's best hopes of causing an upset - both start on the flanks.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Zaha, Cabaye, McArthur, Jedinak, Bolasie; Wickham... Subs: Speroni, Kelly, Mariappa, Sako, Puncheon, Gayle, Adebayor.
UNITED TEAM NEWS
Marouane Fellaini starts in midfield; Marcus Rashford leads the attack.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Rashford... Subs: Romero, Darmian, Jones, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Young, Lingard.
The start of Wembley Way, just a few hours ago...
The seats are slowly filling up - still 75 minutes until kick-off, though. United fans have been marginally more vocal so far...
It was May 12, 1990. A little-known show called ‘The Simpsons’ was taking over households across the globe, Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ was No.1 in the UK charts, and the leaning tower of Pisa was closed amid speculation it was about to fall over. Oh, and Crystal Palace and Manchester United were about to do battle in the FA Cup.
What followed was a rip-roaring 3-3 draw. Ian Wright was the ‘nearly hero’, coming off the bench to fire Palace into a 3-2 lead with two goals, only for Mark Hughes to level as extra time drew to a close. Palace were unable to recreate their heroics in the replay as United won a turgid encounter 1-0. Hopefully the first match can be replicated today…
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