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VAR and Onana Rescue Underperforming Manchester United Against Coventry, Setting Up Final Derby Clash with Manchester City in FA Cup.

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Prince Jean

Apr 21, 2024

 FA Cup

Manchester United players celebrate a momentous victory, embracing their goalkeeper in a display of unity and relief after a high-tension penalty shootout secures their path to the FA Cup final. Photo:GettyImages

In an enthralling FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium, Manchester United clinched a spot in the final after a nail-biting penalty shootout victory over Coventry, with goalkeeper Andre Onana playing a pivotal role. The match, which ended in a dramatic 3-3 draw after extra time, saw Manchester United squander a three-goal lead, requiring a crucial VAR intervention to prevent a late equalizer before triumphing in penalties.

The action commenced with Manchester United taking control, though their initial efforts lacked finishing precision. Marcus Rashford missed an early chance, but the deadlock was broken in the 24th minute when Scott McTominay tapped in a precise cross from Diogo Dalot. Harry Maguire increased the lead before half-time with a header from a Bruno Fernandes corner.

The second half saw Fernandes himself score via a deflection, seemingly securing Manchester United's passage to the final. However, Coventry staged an impressive comeback, with Ellis Simms and Callum O'Hare scoring to bring the Sky Blues level, turning the match into a high-stakes drama.

The game extended into extra time where United thought they had sealed the win with a goal from Victor Torp, but it was disallowed for offside after a VAR review. The subsequent penalty shootout was tense, with Onana saving crucial penalties and Rasmus Hojlund scoring the winning shot, ensuring a 4-3 victory in the shootout.

Manchester United now looks forward to a fierce contest against Manchester City in the FA Cup final, setting the stage for a classic derby with high stakes.

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