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What went unsuitable for Man Utd in embarrassing FA Cup semi-final win over Coventry


Labelling an FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley Stadium as ’embarrassing’ appears unsuitable, would not it?

And but that is a reasonably excellent summation of Manchester United’s victory over Championship outfit Coventry Metropolis on Sunday.

The Pink Devils gave up a three-goal lead inside the ultimate 20 minutes of the sport, resulting in a penalty shootout which they’d ultimately win courtesy of profitable spot kicks from Diogo Dalot, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes and Rasmus Hojlund.

This is every little thing that went unsuitable for Erik ten Hag’s facet on Sunday…

Erik ten Hag

Man Utd thought they’d the sport received / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

With 20 minutes to go and with a three-goal cushion in opposition to a Championship staff, it is fairly honest to presume principally each single Man Utd fan at Wembley thought their staff had comfortably booked a spot within the FA Cup last.

And that is completely effective. As supporters, you are entitled to try this.

As knowledgeable footballer although, you in all probability cannot afford to assume that means. That, in essence, is why Man Utd fully capitulated within the last 20 minutes of the sport on Sunday. Having thought they’d the sport received, the Pink Devils took their foot off the fuel, stopped taking part in and put their place within the last in jeopardy.

Coventry City v Manchester United - Emirates FA Cup Semi Final

Diallo did not make an influence / MB Media/GettyImages

It was the substitutes who noticed Man Utd into the semi-finals in dramatic style, with Amad Diallo popping up with a well-known late winner in opposition to Liverpool within the quarter-finals.

Within the semi-final conflict with Coventry, Erik ten Hag’s adjustments had the other impact.

The choice to interchange Alejandro Garnacho with Antony (extra on him quickly) and Kobbie Mainoo with Christian Eriksen proved to be extraordinarily pricey for Man Utd. Each gamers had a notable net-negative affect on Ten Hag’s facet, as Antony misplaced 5 duels and created a whopping zero probabilities for his teammates and Eriksen hit seven wayward crosses and did not win a single sort out.

Amad, who got here off the bench for extra-time, did not impress too – wanting completely knackered throughout his time on the pitch regardless of barely kicking a soccer all season.

One of many key the explanation why the win might be outlined as ’embarrassing’ was the antics of Antony when Rasmus Hojlund’s profitable penalty hit the again of the online.

The Brazilian’s determination to cup his ears in entrance of Coventry Metropolis’s gamers was rightfully met with face-palms throughout Manchester, and condemned by actually each single particular person watching the sport on Sunday.

Perhaps learn the room subsequent time Antony, eh?


Out of kinds / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

With Raphael Varane, Jonny Evans, Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof and Willy Kambwala all injured, Ten Hag had only one match centre-back out there for choice on Sunday.

That is not excellent.

Fielding Casemiro as a de-facto centre-back meant the Pink Devils had actually zero tempo in defence to fight the dynamic Ellis Simms and Haji Wright at Wembley, with the Brazilian usually wanting like he was operating in treacle all through the sport.

It is no shock Simms and Wright mixed for 3 objective contributions on the day.