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2016 FA Cup Final: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United

2016 FA Cup Final Score: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United

Date: Saturday 21st May

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Attendance: 88,619

Referee: Mark Clattenburg


Crystal Palace

Wayne Hennessey, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, Pape Souaré, Mile Jedinak (C), James McArthur, Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Cabaye, Yannick Bolasie, Connor Wickham

Manager: Alan Pardew

Goal Scorer/s: Puncheon 78′

Manchester United

David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney (c), Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Manager: Louis Van Gaal

Goal Scorer/s: Mata 81′ and Lingard 110′

The 135th FA Cup Final

The 2016 FA Cup Final was the 135th final of the competition.

Wembley Stadium hosted the match contested between Crystal Palace and Manchester United on Saturday 21st May.

During the 2015/16 season Crystal Palace won 11 games in total, drawing nine times and losing on 18 occasions to finish 15th in the Premier League. Manchester United ended up finishing 5th in the Premier League having registered 19 wins, nine draws and ten losses.

Crystal Palace’s run to the final saw them beat Southampton in the third round, Stoke City in round four and Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round. They defeated Reading in round six and then beat Watford in the semi-finals.

Manchester United reached the final having defeated Sheffield United in round three, Derby County in the fourth round and Shrewsbury Town in round five. They beat West Ham United in the sixth round and were victorious against Everton in the semis.

Match Report

In the 22nd minute, Juan Mata received the ball from Fellaini who hit a low shot from the edge of the Crystal Palace penalty area that was saved by Hennessey. Moments later, Bolasie’s long-range drive was well saved by De Gea before Wickham also hit the ball wide of United’s goal.

With twelve minutes of the first half to play, Rashford made a run down the right and crossed the ball in the area, finding Martial whose first-time shot was blocked by Ward.

In the 38th minute, Carrick struck an effort from 25 yards but it went high over the Crystal Palace crossbar.

Early in the Second half, Rashford knocked the ball onto Fellaini who shot from inside the penalty area and struck the crossbar with Hennessey routed to the spot.

In the 61st minute, Antonio Valencia crossed the ball and Martial rose to head the ball against the Crystal Palace goal post.

In the 77th minute, the ball fell to Puncheon on the left side of the Manchester United penalty area. The winger quickly controlled the ball with his left foot and struck it firmly past De Gea to give Crystal Palace a 1-0 lead.

Manchester United equalised three minutes later. Rooney crossed the ball which Mata took on the volley, taking a deflection off Ward and low passed Hennessey into the Crystal Palace goal.

Just before the end of normal time, Smalling was shown a second yellow card for his foul on Bolasie. The United defender became only the fourth player in the history of the FA Cup to be sent off in the final.

Into extra time and the 110th minute, Manchester United took the lead when a low cross from Valencia was partly cleared by Delaney. Lingard instantly struck the loose ball from around 18 yards into the top corner of the Crystal Palace goal to make it 2–1.

The match ended and Manchester United secured their first FA Cup final win since 2004.


  • Crystal Palace defeated four Premier League opponents on their way to the final whereas Manchester United only had to get past two.
  • This was Palace’s first FA Cup quarter final since 1995.
  • The 2016 FA Cup was the first and only major trophy Louis van Gaal would win with Manchester United.
  • This was Manchester United’s 12th FA Cup – equaling Arsenal’s record.
  • Louis van Gaal was the third Dutch manager to win the FA Cup after Guus Hiddink and Ruud Gullit.
  • Jesse Lingard’s winner was his first goal in 18 games in all competitions.
  • Manchester United have won both FA Cup finals in which they had a player sent off in 1985 and 2016.

2016 FA Cup Results

Semi Final

Everton 1–2 Manchester United, Crystal Palace 2–1 Watford

Sixth Round

Reading 0–2 Crystal Palace, Everton 2–0 Chelsea, Arsenal 1–2 Watford, Manchester United 1–1 West Ham United, Replay West Ham United 1–2 Manchester United

Fifth Round

Arsenal 0–0 Hull City, Replay Hull City 0–4 Arsenal, Reading 3–1 West Bromwich Albion, Watford 1–0 Leeds United, AFC Bournemouth 0–2 Everton, Blackburn Rovers 1–5 West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur 0–1       Crystal Palace, Chelsea 5–1 Manchester City, Shrewsbury Town 0–3 Manchester United

Fourth Round

Derby County 1–3 Manchester United, Colchester United 1–4 Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion 2–2    Peterborough United, Replay Peterborough United 1–1 (a.e.t.) (3–4 p) West Bromwich Albion, Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Leeds United, Arsenal 2–1      Burnley, Reading 4–0 Walsall, Aston Villa 0–4 Manchester City, Shrewsbury Town 3–2 Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest 0–1 Watford, Crystal Palace 1–0 Stoke City, Oxford United 0–3 Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth 1–2 AFC Bournemouth, Bury 1–3 Hull City, Liverpool 0–0 West Ham United, Replay West Ham United 2–1 (a.e.t.) Liverpool, Carlisle United 0–3 Everton, Milton Keynes Dons 1–5 Chelsea

Third Round

Exeter City 2–2 Liverpool, Replay Liverpool 3–0 Exeter City, Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Aston Villa, Replay Aston Villa 2–0 Wycombe Wanderers, Watford          1–0 Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion 2–2 Bristol City, Replay Bristol City 0–1 West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hartlepool United 1–2 Derby County,             Colchester United 2–1 Charlton Athletic, Peterborough United 2–0       Preston North End, Northampton Town 2–2 Milton Keynes Dons, Replay Milton Keynes Dons 3–0 Northampton Town, Arsenal          3–1 Sunderland, Ipswich Town 2–2 Portsmouth, Replay Portsmouth 2–1 Ipswich Town, Birmingham City 1–2 AFC Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday 2–1Fulham, Brentford 0–1 Walsall, Bury 0–0 Bradford City, Replay Bradford City 0–0 (a.e.t.) -(2–4 p) Bury, Everton 2–0 Dagenham & Redbridge, Southampton 1–2 Crystal Palace, Eastleigh 1–1 Bolton Wanderers, Replay Bolton Wanderers 3–2 Eastleigh, Nottingham Forest 1–0 Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers 1–2 Stoke City, Leeds United 2–0 Rotherham United, Huddersfield Town 2–2 Reading, Replay Reading 5–2 Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough 1–2 Burnley, Norwich City 0–3 Manchester City, Hull City 1–0 Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United 1–0 Sheffield United, Oxford United 3–2 Swansea City, Carlisle United 2–2 Yeovil Town, Replay Yeovil Town 1–1 (a.e.t.) (4–5 p) Carlisle United, Chelsea 2–0 Scunthorpe United, Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Leicester City, Replay Leicester City 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur, Cardiff City 0–1 Shrewsbury Town, Newport County 1–2 Blackburn Rovers

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