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Ratings: Crystal Palace 1-2 (AET) Manchester United – Emirates FA Cup final 2015/16

Manchester United beat Crystal Palace in a thrilling encounter at Wembley in the Emirates FA Cup final on Saturday evening. It took United extra time to see off the challenge Palace gave them, and the sending off of Chris Smalling could have seen United undone, but luckily for him, his team-mate Jesse Lingard rose to the challenge and scored the winning goal. Palace scored first in the encounter after a dull first half, with United finding an equaliser through Juan Mata two minutes later. The red card for Smalling, his second yellow card offence, was a moment of madness, for which I feel he let his team-mates down. Many suggest he took one for the team, but I just don’t agree. United have ended a twelve-year drought in the FA Cup, last lifting the trophy in 2004, before the new Wembley was finished. Louis van Gaal has guided his team to this feat, one which will end his United career on a high seeing as Jose Mourinho is being reported as the incoming manager as soon as next week. Here are the player ratings from the FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace, which saw Alan Pardew looking at what could have been once again.

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