Manchester United Clinch FA Cup Final Berth in Thrilling Semi-Final Clash with Coventry City

Premier League behemoths Manchester United and Championship side Coventry City engaged in a thrilling FA Cup semi-final match at Wembley Stadium, with both teams battling hard for a chance to advance to the final. After a thrilling 3-3 draw, Manchester United eventually prevailed 4-2 on penalties in a match that was full of drama, excitement, and nonstop action, on Sunday, April 21.


Manchester United established their superiority right away, controlling possession and setting the game’s pace. As they relentlessly attacked the Coventry City defense wave after wave, the Red Devils’ attacking power was evident. United broke the deadlock quickly after, as midfielder Scott McTominay took advantage at the back end of the post to tap in a wonderful Diogo Dalot delivery in the 23rd minute. United’s performance gained confidence after the goal, and they kept attacking in a bid to score more.



Coventry City spent a large portion of the first half pushed back in their half as they battled to contain United’s relentless attacking. They tried their hardest to mount a counterattack, but they were unable to penetrate the unwavering United defense. Just before the half ended, Harry Maguire doubled the lead for the Red Devils after finishing with a thumping header from a set-piece corner routine. 


Mark Robins’ side put up a strong fight in the second half, hoping to wiggle back into the game. Their chances of winning were hampered when Bruno Fernandes scored the third goal for the Red Devils in the 58th minute, giving them what appeared to be an insurmountable advantage and killing the game. 


Increasing their momentum, Coventry City crawled their way back into the match with the competition’s top scorer Ellis Simms. Simms’ teammate Callum O’Hare scored the second for Coventry City in double quick time via a wicked deflection.


The Sky Blues were given a lifeline just before the end of regulation time when Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United handled the ball in the penalty box. Coventry City’s Haji Wright equalized from the spot, sending the Sky Blues fans into a frenzy.



After regulation time, the score was tied at 3-3, and the Championship side made a strong comeback. As the game entered extra time, both sides made attempts to take advantage, but The Sky Blues were the better team for a majority of the time in extra time. Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes rattled the crossbar waking up the opponent with a spectacular effort. A penalty shootout was the answer to book a place in the final after 120 minutes could not separate the two sides.


Manchester United started the shootout on the back foot as the Brazilian midfielder stepped up first and had his penalty saved. Coventry City started strongly, scoring their first two penalties and giving them an advantage but heroics from Manchester United’s man between the posts, André Onana, meant the Sky Blues failed to capitalize. The Red Devils scored four penalties to Coventry City’s two, but they maintained composure to secure the place in the final of the competition for a record 22nd time.


Following the triumph against Coventry City in the FA Cup semi-final, the winner will be decided in a Manchester Derby for the second season running. The Sky Blues from Championship put up a great fight against a tough opponent and both sets of fans went through a range of emotions during the game, but when it mattered the most, the Red Devils counted on their experience to advance through to the finals.


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Key Performers


Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United): The talisman for the Red Devils, the main man holding the strings like a leader should, created the most chances (9), while scoring and assisting once in the semi-final against Coventry City.


Ellis Simms (Coventry City): The Englishman scored his sixth goal and remains the top goal scorer in the FA Cup, continuing his rich vein of form in front of the goal against Manchester United in the semi-final match.


By: Yash Bhandigare / @yashposito11

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