By Alexa Stark
Manager Louis van Gaal earned Manchester United its first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired three years ago with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in extra time in the 135th F.A. Cup final yesterday.
With Ferguson watching at Wembley Stadium in London, Jesse Lingard completed United’s comeback by volleying in the winner in the 110th minute.
United’s record-tying 12th triumph in the F.A. Cup, the world’s oldest soccer cup competition, arrived at the end of a lackluster season, van Gaal’s second with the club. His future with United has seemed precarious for more than six months, and his team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League has added to the uncertainty.
Reports have emerged in the British news media that van Gaal will be replaced by José Mourinho, who was fired by Chelsea in December.