Ratings: Alexis Sanchez was the MOTM against Spurs but Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, and Phil Jones deserve mentions

Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur, coming from behind, to earn an Emirates FA Cup final place this season. Dele Alli scored in the 11th minute of the game, which was cancelled out by Alexis Sanchez in the 24th minute of the match. Ander Herrera scored the winner of the match in the 62nd minute with United playing well after conceding, right the way to the end of the game. It now gives United a final game at the end of the season, which will mean more this season.

United did not play well form the start, but after conceding the opening goal, they started to play much better. Paul Pogba was a player that the world media would be watching, along with Alexis Sanchez. Both played well, even though some suggest both cannot play on the same team together. United, through Sanchez, assisted by Pogba, returning the assist Sanchez provided in the Manchester derby victory. It was Ander Herrera, assisted by Romelu Lukaku that fired United into the final.

Jose Mourinho will be happy with what he saw from his team, who just a matter of months ago, were under the cosh for 90 minutes at Wembley against Spurs. To earn an FA Cup final place, which will either be against Chelsea or Southampton, which could be a replay of the EFL Cup final from 2017, something which will be decided on Sunday afternoon. This will be United’s 20th FA Cup final, which if they win it, will put them on par with Arsenal, who have won the cup 13 times, United currently with 12.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one ha little chance of denying Dele All from scoring the opening goal. After that though, he was solid for the remainder of the match. Well worked and well earned path into the Emirates FA Cup final this season.


25 Antonio Valencia

The United captain, for the day, stood up to most that Spurs threw at him. Heung-Min Son was lively through his participation in the game. Came off late on after receiving a knock.


4 Phil Jones

The English defender put in a good performance against Bournemouth during the week and retained his place. Despite some poor play from United, which led to Alli's goal. Jones soon got stuck into the match, putting in a last-ditch challenge to deny All from scoring again. Back to his best? Here's hoping.


12 Chris Smalling

Harry Kane did not get a look in because of Jones and Smalling. Despite conceding an early goal, United recovered with Smalling and his partners experience, keeping the side on check with every attack against them.


18 Ashley Young

Alli's opener came in a period where Young was not on top of his game. He played well down the left though, was booked, and helped play balls up the flank, getting involved in the attack, as well as defending when needed.


21 Ander Herrera

One of the players who deserves a mention for his performance. Was the unlikely scorer of the winning goal, assisted by Lukaku. He helped United dominate the midfield, alongside Matic, leaving the advanced areas for Pogba, helping the Frenchman to play to the best of his abilities.


31 Nemanja Matic

His defensive influence was something which helped United throughout the game. Became tired at the end but got stuck in, grabbing the game by the horns. Has a week to recover before United face Arsenal at Old Trafford.


6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman made a simple mistake which led to Alli's opening goal. He recovered well from it though, playing much better in the second half as United started to improve from conceding the opening goal. Returned the favour to assist Sanchez's equaliser.


14 Jesse Lingard

Put in a display full of energy. Was unlucky not to have won a penalty. Seemed to be a target for many fouls. Ran energetically, tried to get involved and got the better of his man a few times. Sadly no Wembley goal, yet, for Lingard.


Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian had a quiet game. He did get some chances, which did not go his way. He was involved in the game though. Assisted the winner for Herrera just after the hour. Still on 27 goals this season with the opportunity of more, and a trophy now up for grabs.


Alexis Sanchez

Man of the Match for me. He has been criticised since he made the move to United. The media said he was dropped for this game - he started. His header to equalise was impressive, as was Pogba's set up of it. The Chilean has shown a massive improvement since the Swansea game, getting better each and every game. Next season could be big for Sanchez, as Mourinho has said.



Matteo Darmian

Replaced Valencia 80'. Had ten minutes plus stoppage time. Did what he needed to do. Some may see this as being a chance to impress but it seems Italy is calling this summer.


10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Lingard 83'. Got stuck into the game. Gave as much as Spurs gave United. His pace was a threat from his introduction. Unfortunate to be booked, all for stumbling as he evaded what could have been a bad foul.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Sanchez 90+5'. Came on at the death. Did not have long enough to get stuck into the game. He may play at Wembley again before he leaves.


Goals: Alexis Sanchez 24′, Ander Herrera 62′

Assists: Paul Pogba 24′, Romelu Lukaku 62′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia (Darmian 80′), Jones, Smalling, Young; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Lingard (Rashford 83′), Lukaku, Sanchez (Fellaini 90+5′)

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Lindelof; Mata; Martial

Bookings: Antonio Valencia 27′, Ashley Young 71′, Marcus Rashford 85′, Ander Herrera 90′

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