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Manchester United win thrilling FA Cup final as Mourinho links resurface

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Manchester United came from a goal behind to edge out Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup final at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 21 May.

In a closely-contested affair, both sides created a few chances in the first half, but neither managed to break the deadlock before the breather.

In the 78th minute, Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon scored from a tight angle to give his side the lead.

United, however, came back almost immediately, with skipper Wayne Rooney playing a major role in Juan Mata's equaliser from close range, three minutes later.

As the game moved into extra time, United centre-back Chris Smalling picked up his second yellow card in the 105th minute to get his marching orders.

Despite going a man down, the Red Devils piled the pressure on the London-based outfit, and four minutes into the second half of extra time, Jesse Lingard scored a stunning half-volley from the edge of the box to hand United their first major trophy in three years.

Minutes after the game, news poured in that Jose former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had reached an agreement to replace current manager Louis van Gaal at Manchester United before the start of next season.

Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes is reported to have agreed to a deal with United for the Portuguese tactician and is set to arrive in Manchester early next week to seal the deal.

On being asked by Sky Sports about the situation, Mourinho, however, refused to offer a comment.

First published: 22 May 2016, 11:31 IST