Tottenham's FA Cup dreams dashed again at Wembley

Paola Ditto
Aprile 22, 2018

Ander Herrera netted the victor in the second half, drilling the ball past Michel Vorm.

Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba both start for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho names his side for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley.

In contrast to Spurs' long wait for silverware, United are into a third final in less than two years under Jose Mourinho having won the League Cup and Europa League last season.

Bigger sides have been accused of disrespecting the FA Cup in recent years, but there's a sense that both these sides could do with trophy success at Wembley, and will put their full resources into this semi-final.

"Jose Mourinho has stressed his record as a victor this week, and how he'd dearly love to win a third trophy* in two seasons at United".

The Chilean returned to the starting lineup for today's FA Cup semi-final and repaid his manager's faith in him by heading home the equaliser. "This club is about titles and playing in finals so we are very happy". It went to 2-2 so it's about seeing games out.

United could also win the competition for a 13th time, the second-most among all clubs. The France midfielder stood his ground, shrugged off the Spurs midfielder and sent over a clipped cross which Sanchez headed home superbly.

Tottenham are without full-back Danny Rose, while Harry Winks is also out. "But it's different to when we play in the Premier League". Then United mounted its comeback.

Liverpool was in control with 18 minutes remaining thanks to Danny Ings scoring his first goal in 930 days and Mohamed Salah's Premier League record-equaling 31st of the season.

All that's left do do is order in the prawn sandwiches, sit back, and enjoy what should be an excellent game.

Spurs may have set up a bit defensively against Manchester City, but they won't show the same hesitation against Manchester's other club. They have understandable concerns over their development under Mourinho, a manager who has built a career on winning trophies at all costs, often avoiding putting his faith in youth.

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