United v Brighton and Hove - FA Cup Final - 11.05.13
Wembley Stadium is our place today, as Manchester United try to add to their Premier League title and Capital One Cup trophy, by taking on Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup Final. Manchester United will certainly go in as favourites, although Brighton have to be respected by managing to reach the final, beating some tough teams.
United haven't been on great form lately, but playing the weaker squad won't place Brighton as the favourites. While the Red Devils had to play some pretty easy teams, such as Peterborough in the semi-finals, Brighton and Hove Albion have had a tough time reaching Wembley today. Beating Manchester City in the semi final was a big achievement, and having to face Premier League sides Fulham and Aston Villa didn't help them out much. However, they are here today and will try to go all the way.
The line-ups have now been announced for both sides:
UNITED STARTING XI - De Gea, Buttner, Ferdinand, Vidic, Rafael, Cleverley, Fellaini, Carrick, Rooney, Lewandowski, Hernandez SUBS - Adan, Baines, Evans, Giggs, Jones, Smolka, Van Persie
BRIGHTON STARTING XI - Kuszczak, El-Abd, Dunk, Upson, Bridge, Bridcutt, Crofts, Lopez, Buckley, Orlandi, Ulloa SUBS - East, Diao, Painter, Lualua, Jones, Mackail-Smith, Maksimenko
So they are the teams, now let's see how it goes. Commentary is from Andy Gray and Martin Tyler.
1 min: Manchester United kick the game off here today.
22 min: Bridcutt brings the ball down, plays it to Crofts. Crofts take it down the wing, crosses it in, Orlandi gets up, and GOAL! Andrea Orlandi puts the underdogs in the lead just 20 minutes it. Brighton lead 1-0.
26 min: Carrick makes a dash through the middle, and plays a through ball past the defense for Wayne Rooney to run onto. He places it into the corner, and GOAL! Manchester United equalize almost immediately! 1-1 now.
36 min: Lewandowski wins a free kick, and decides to take it himself, from 20 yards out. Lewandowski smashes it top corner, and it goes in! GOAL! United take the lead, leading 2-1.
Half time at Wembley Stadium, and Manchester United lead 2-1, as expected.
The referee blows the whistle for full time, and Manchester United have won the FA Cup, thanks to goals from Rooney and Lewandowski! Full time from Wembley Stadium! Manchester United 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion!
After the match, David Moyes was caught while celebrating with his players, and said a few words about the game to Sky Sports News:
"Our third trophy this year, it's unbelievable Jeff! The boys played brilliantly, and didn't let their heads drop when we went 1-0 down. They definitely deserve this, it's a great way to add to our success in the Premier League. This has been a great season, for me, for the players, for the club, and for the fans. This win is for the fans, they've been absolutely fantastic this year, we can't thank them all enough."