The best of the season (III): A goal that earned half a title

Juan Mata got the goal that forced the extra time in the final of the FA Cup against Crystal Palace. During the extra time, United beat a tough opponent (1-2). Juan has won twice this tournament, in which has scored 9 goals and 9 assists in 19 games.

It was not an easy year for United, although Mata and his teammates finished the season with a great joy. The conquest of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest tournament at club level, was Juan first title with the Red Devils jersey. The cup was nearly lost, but the Spaniard forced the extra time and allowed the final victory.

Crystal Palace, a difficult rival, took the lead in the 78 minute. The situation became agonizing for three minutes, the time it took Mata to score the equaliser. A great move by Rooney that ended, after Fellaini´s control, in a volley from Juan that sent it to back of the net. The match ended 1-1 after the 90 minutes. In extra time, Lingard scored the winning goal.

United number 8, who failed to score in the first half after a good shot that saved Hennessey, starred the best moments of play of his team, and the ManU fans at Wembley paid him a tribute with a standing ovation when he was replaced by Lingard. The final 1-2 allowed Mata to lift their second FA Cup. A tournament that the Spanish player has a special relationship with. The Spaniard has scored 9 goals and assisted 9 times in 19 games.

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