The FA Cup
EvertonEverton1Man UtdManchester United2

Everton 1-2 Manchester United

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley

Anthony Martial's injury-time winner sent Manchester United into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final with victory over Everton at Wembley.

Martial ensured Louis van Gaal's side will face either Crystal Palace or Watford with a composed finish in the dying seconds of an enthralling semi-final.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range - but they were then indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea as he brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku's 57th-minute penalty.

Everton rallied after a passive first 45 minutes that saw them jeered off at half-time and they drew level with 15 minutes left when Chris Smalling deflected Gerard Deulofeu's cross into his own net.

As the game looked destined for extra-time, Ander Herrera's poked pass sent Martial clear and the striker showed great composure to drill a low finish past Everton keeper Joel Robles.

Relive Manchester United's win over Everton

We deserve place in final - Van Gaal

Rooney excels in quarterback role

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney's early goalline clearance gave Manchester United the platform to go on and open the scoring

With England manager Roy Hodgson looking on, his international captain Wayne Rooney showed his class - and perhaps the future - in a deep-lying role behind United's attack.

In the opening half especially, afforded time and space by a timid Everton, Rooney not only showed his full range of passes to create chances and dictate the game, he even showed the energy to get back and clear Lukaku's early goalbound effort off the line.

Rooney's place in England's attack has come under increasing scrutiny with the emergence of Tottenham's Harry Kane and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as potential rivals, but this was the sort of performance that might just give Hodgson food for thought as he makes his plans for Euro 2016.

Lukaku's Wembley nightmare

Romelu Lukaku was responsible for bringing Everton to this semi-final with two goals and a powerhouse performance against Chelsea in the quarter-final - but he had a game to forget here.

He had two good chances in the first half but twice his touch was heavy and let him down, then when his big chance came from the penalty spot he was thwarted by an admittedly brilliant save from De Gea.

Lukaku simply could not find the magic touch and his face was a mask of bitter disappointment at the final whistle.

He has made regular noises about possibly leaving Everton in the summer - he will not do so with a trophy to his name after a performance that came up short.

Van Gaal trophy hopes live on

Louis van Gaal
Manchester United's win keeps alive their hopes of winning a first FA Cup since 2004

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been surrounded by constant speculation about his Old Trafford future - but the dramatic conclusion here at Wembley means he still retains the hope of winning a trophy at every club he has coached or managed.

This was a two-faced United performance, excellent in the first half but ragged for much of the second and yet, as they have done through much of this FA Cup campaign, Van Gaal's team got the job done and are through to their first FA Cup Final since 2007.

Whether he survives as United manager or not, he has the chance to make sure United have silverware to remember him by. He will lead United out as favourites in the final.

What now for Martinez?

Roberto Martinez
Everton have not won a game in all competitions since beating Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on 12 March

Martinez heard his players roundly jeered by thousands of Everton fans at they left the pitch after a dreadful first-half performance, but they were a team transformed after half-time and deserved to take this semi-final into extra time.

After the debacle of the 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, Everton at least regained some pride and credibility in a second half in which they turned the tide of this semi-final.

The bottom line, however, is that Everton once again conceded a last-minute goal - almost a trademark this season - and in a week that Martinez himself admitted was "defining", he has ended up a loser to both Liverpool and Manchester United.

With Everton's new major shareholder, Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri, watching from Wembley's directors' box, Martinez will at least have a hard-luck story to tell. Whether it saves his job is another matter altogether.

Man of the match - Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney had one shot on target and created two chances but it was his control from a deep-lying role that allowed United to dictate the tempo of the match, especially in the first half

The stats you need to know

  • Marouane Fellaini has scored two goals in five FA Cup appearances this season - double his league tally (1 in 17 apps).
  • Four of Anthony Martial's seven assists for Manchester United this season have come in the FA Cup.
  • Romelu Lukaku has missed his last two penalties for Everton after scoring his previous five for the club (all competitions).
  • Chris Smalling scored his first own-goal since April 2010 (all comps), when he did so against Everton while playing for Fulham.
  • Martial scored and assisted in the same game for the third time this season.
  • Martial has been involved in 21 goals for United this season, registering 14 goals and seven assists in all competitions.
  • United have progressed to their first FA Cup Final since 2007.
  • Everton have been eliminated in their last two FA Cup semi-final appearances, also losing in 2012 to Liverpool.
  • This is the first time in three FA Cup semi-final meetings between the sides that United have been victorious, having been knocked out by the Toffees in 1966 and 2009.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Robles
  • 17Besic
  • 5Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Baines
  • 16McCarthy
  • 4GibsonSubstituted forMirallasat 90+4'minutes
  • 12LennonSubstituted forDeulofeuat 70'minutes
  • 20BarkleyBooked at 89mins
  • 15Cleverley
  • 10Lukaku


  • 2Hibbert
  • 8Oviedo
  • 11Mirallas
  • 19Deulofeu
  • 21Osman
  • 24Howard
  • 38Pennington

Man Utd

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 51Fosu-MensahSubstituted forA Valenciaat 62'minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 5Rojo
  • 16Carrick
  • 35Lingard
  • 27FellainiSubstituted forHerreraat 87'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10RooneyBooked at 58mins
  • 9MartialBooked at 90mins
  • 39Rashford


  • 7Depay
  • 8Mata
  • 20Romero
  • 21Herrera
  • 25A Valencia
  • 28Schneiderlin
  • 36Darmian
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamMan Utd
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 1, Manchester United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 1, Manchester United 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Darron Gibson.

  4. Booking

    Anthony Martial (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 1, Manchester United 2. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ander Herrera.

  6. Post update

    Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Darron Gibson.

  9. Booking

    Ross Barkley (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Ander Herrera (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

  12. Post update

    Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ander Herrera with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Ander Herrera replaces Marouane Fellaini.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antonio Valencia with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Marouane Fellaini.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC