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Manchester United Secure FA Cup Final Berth After Coventry Thriller

Manchester United 3 - 3 Coventry

In a nail-biting FA Cup semi-final, Manchester United narrowly defeated Coventry City 4-2 on penalties after a riveting 3-3 draw in regulation time.

Manchester United seemed to be cruising with a 3-0 lead by the 71st minute, but Coventry City staged an incredible comeback, leveling the score at 3-3 in extra time with Haji Wright’s composed penalty.

The penalty shootout saw Bradley Collins denying Casemiro’s opener, putting Coventry momentarily ahead with goals from Wright and Victor Torp. Diogo Dalot scored for United, followed by Christian Eriksen leveling the score at 2-2. André Onana’s save from Callum O’Hare and Bruno Fernandes’s successful conversion made it 3-2 in United’s favor. Coventry’s captain, Ben Sheaf, missed his shot, leaving Rasmus Højlund to secure United’s place in the final against Manchester City.

Despite Manchester United’s initial dominance, Coventry’s resilience saw them claw back into the game. Ellis Simms capitalized on a defensive lapse to score, followed by a fortunate goal credited to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The match was a rollercoaster of emotions, with Coventry’s late equalizer forcing extra time.

United’s victory was hard-fought, with moments of brilliance from Fernandes, who scored and led the team with determination. However, the match highlighted United’s vulnerability in defense, as Coventry exploited gaps and nearly clinched the win.

The thrilling encounter showcased both teams’ desire and stamina, with numerous chances and near-misses. United’s defensive lapses and Coventry’s spirited comeback made it a match to remember, setting the stage for an exciting FA Cup final.

Credit: The Guardian Sport

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