Man United Secures Spot in Final After Penalty Shootout Victory Over Brighton, Sets Up Showdown Against City

Man United Secures Spot in Final After Penalty Shootout Victory Over Brighton, Sets Up Showdown Against City

On Sunday, at Wembley, Manchester United progressed to the final of the FA Cup after defeating Brighton 7-6 in a penalty shootout.

Following a goalless draw in extra time, it was defender Victor Lindelof who scored the decisive penalty kick, securing the win for Manchester United in the semifinal match.

After both teams had successfully converted their previous six penalties, Solly March missed his spot kick by shooting over the bar for Brighton, which paved the way for Lindelof to score and secure Manchester United's place in the final against Manchester City in June.

The win allowed Manchester United to quickly recover from their Europa League defeat by Sevilla on Thursday and sets up an exciting all-Manchester final.

In addition, this victory provides Erik ten Hag with the opportunity to secure his second trophy in his debut season at the club, following their League Cup triumph in February.

However, it was a harsh way for Brighton to suffer defeat, as they had produced the better chances in regulation time, with David de Gea being forced to make three saves to maintain a clean sheet and keep the game goalless after 90 minutes.

The goalie for United repelled a free kick from Alexis Mac Allister in the opening minutes and later made a remarkable airborne stop to thwart Julio Enciso's attempt in the second half.

De Gea also managed to seize March's low shot that was heading towards the goal in the late stages of the match.

Bruno Fernandes had the most promising opportunities for United and ought to have directed his shot on target from within the penalty area just before halftime.

During extra time, Marcus Rashford nearly scored the first goal, but his deflected shot from outside the box was tipped around the post by Robert Sanchez.

The teams were unable to break the deadlock, and the match was decided by a penalty shootout. Neither goalkeeper managed to make a save during the shootout, and it was March's inaccurate shot that ultimately made the difference.

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