It was a great day for Wayne and Manchester United on Saturday as they beat Crystal Palace in extra time to win the FA Cup. This was the first time the club had won the competition in twelve years, and Wayne’s first time after losing in two previous finals.
Wayne led his side out in front of a packed Wembley Stadium alongside his eldest son Kai who was mascot for the big occasion. It took until the 78th minute for the deadlock to be broken when Jason Puncheon’s powerful far-post finish put Palace ahead. United responded within four minutes after a brilliant run from Wayne ended with Juan Mata scoring from close range.
The match went into extra time and things didn’t look good for United as Chris Smalling was sent off for a second yellow card. Then stepped up Jesse Lingard with the winner on 110 minutes, a terrific first-time strike into the top corner.
After the final whistle the players celebrated on the pitch before the Manchester United captain led the team up the famous steps and lifted the cup alongside vice-captain Michael Carrick.
Winning the FA Cup was a proud achievement for Wayne, he commented: “It was a special moment. It’s a competition I have always loved since as long as I can remember. I used to run around in the schoolyard pretending I was playing in an FA Cup final. After getting beat in two previous finals I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen, but thankfully it has and I’m delighted. I would like to thank the fans for their support on Saturday and also their amazing support all season.”