The Red Devils squandered a 3-0 lead to Coventry, eventually winning on penalties

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Manchester United blew a 3-0 lead and needed a last-gasp winner from Championship side Coventry to be overturned but scraped into the FA Cup final with a 4-2 penalty shootout victory, where they will once again meet Manchester City.

Three goals to the good thanks to Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, it was all going swimmingly for Man Utd.

And then the collapse happened.

Within 25 minutes – including stoppage time – Erik ten Hag’s side completely collapsed, conceding three goals and relinquishing their previously cushy lead.

In extra-time, it almost got even worse when Victor Torp prodded the ball past Andre Onana. After a lengthy VAR check however, the goal was fortunately ruled out and the game went to penalties.

Up against Championship opposition, Man Utd would eventually seal the win in the shootout courtesy of successful spot kicks from Diogo Dalot, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes and Rasmus Hojlund.

Man Utd’s best player vs Coventry City

Bruno Fernandes: 8/10

Man Utd’s worst player vs Coventry City

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 3/10

Ten Hag: We’re not embarrassed to win like that – it’s a big achievement to reach another final

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag:

“Two times in [the final in] two years, that’s a good performance, with all the setbacks we’ve had this season. Mixed feelings is clear. But it’s a huge achievement to be twice in a FA Cup final in two years.

“But of course when you’re so in control and 3-0 up we should bring it over the fence. The way we did it was not good.

“But in the penalty stage how we act there, how determined we were showed good character. But from the 70th minute until the end we made mistakes and it shouldn’t happen.

“We can play on very high levels but also in the same match we can go to very low levels. That’s not explainable. It has to do with managing the game, taking responsibility, keeping organised and making the right decisions.

“I have to teach my players. But the most difficult thing is to put ourselves in a winning position. The second thing is easier. Today we got away with that.

“It’s not an embarrassment, it’s a huge achievement.”

Keane: Man Utd looked like the Championship team; they rode their luck

Roy Keane on ITV Sport: “The substitutions, the goal gave Coventry belief and all of a sudden they looked like a Premier League team in extra-time and United looked like a Championship team.

“Manchester United’s players and supporters didn’t go over the top because they knew they were lucky today. They were almost embarrassed at the end, but they got the job done to get to a cup final.

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