🏆 Man United defeat Coventry on penalties in all-time FA Cup semi | OneFootball

🏆 Man United defeat Coventry on penalties in all-time FA Cup semi | OneFootball

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Peter Fitzpatrick·21 April 2024

🏆 Man United defeat Coventry on penalties in all-time FA Cup semi

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Manchester United avoided possibly the biggest FA Cup upset of all time, defeating Coventry City 4-2 on penalties after losing a three-goal lead.

Scorers: Simms 71′, O’Hare 79′, Wright ; McTominay 24′, Maguire 45+1′, Fernandes 59′

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The game off to a lively start with both sides looking to attack but United unsurprisingly had more of the ball.

The first real chance of the game came in the 15th minute when Casemiro picked out Marcus Rashford with a great ball. Rashford’s first touch was excellent but his finish left a lot to be desired.

United took the lead in the 24th minute when Diogo Dalot put an excellent ball across the box, which found its way to Scott McTominay who tapped home after an equally good run into the box.

Coventry looked to get back into the game but struggled to get a hold of the ball and get into good positions to truly threaten United’s makeshift defence.

Dalot came to United’s aid at the other end just before half-time, doing well to stop Josh Eccles dangerous ball into the box after the Coventry winger skipped past Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

It was 2-0 in added time, Harry Maguire finding himself free to expertly head home Bruno Fernandes’ corner. It was slack defending from the Sky Blues but a strong finish from the England defender.

Coventry tried to get back into the game in the second half but United hit them on the counter and made it three just before the hour. Bruno Fernandes did well to fashion a shooting opportunity in the box and saw his left-footed shot deflect past Bradley Collins.

The Sky Blues pulled one back with 20 minutes to go and it was brilliant first-time finish from Ellis Simms after being picked out by Fábio Tavares.

They got another one in the 79th minute as United struggled to get the game back under control like so many other times this season. Callum O’Hare took a punt from just outside the box and saw his speculative shot hit off Wan-Bissaka and loop into André Onana’s net.

Victor Torp nearly amazingly levelled the game with a stunning volley after the ball came his way from a corner. His drive was just too close to Onana though.

Rasmus Højlund should have sealed the game for United when picked out by Bruno Fernandes in the box but he took too long to get his shot away and Coventry stayed alive.

They then amazingly pulled level from the penalty spot in added time after Wan-Bissaka handled the ball. Haji Wright confidently put Onana the wrong way to complete an all-time comeback.

Extra-time started slowly with neither side really forcing the issue as tiredness set in.

In the second period, Haji Wright had a huge chance to take the lead but put his shot wide from the left-hand isde of the box.

Ellis Simms then almost won it with a strike that hit the bar after Onana made an excellent finger-tip save. Bruno Fernandes had also hit the bar for United earlier in the added 30 minutes.

Thorp thought he had won in injury time of extra-time after slotting home but there was the tightest of offsides in the build up as Wembley got set for penalties.

Casemiro missed United’s first penalty but Callum O’Hare and Ben Sheaf then did for Coventry before Rasmus Højlund slotted home to set up another Manchester derby final.