Manchester United are the 2015/16 FA Cup champions after an extra time winner from Jesse Lingard ensured that the Wayne Rooney led team won the competition for the first time in 12years.
The Red Devils put behind an early drama which saw Memphis Depay dropped by manager Louis van Gaal as Marouane Fellaini was given the nod to start ahead of Jesse Lingard.
Captain Wayne Rooney had a sight of goal from 25 yards out but his shot took a slight deflection as Wayne Hennessey in goal gathered after a second attempt. Referee Mark Clattenburg found himself with a choice to make as Connor Wickham was fouled by Chris Smalling but he wriggle through and was clear on goal.
But Clattenburg called play back as he issued a yellow card to Chris Smalling to the dismay of Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew on the side lines who felt he could’ve played an advantage for his side.
Yannick Bolasie danced past Mata on the left hand side, cut inside his right before releasing a shot that was well held by David de Gea.
At the other end Juan Mata nearly gave Manchester United the lead as he curled an effort inside the 18yard box but Hennessey pulled off a wonderful save to deny him the opportunity.
The Red Devils were having all the chance and Fellaini should’ve scored but he failed to connect a lovely cross from Antonio Valencia and United nearly paid for their misses as former player Wilfred Zaha robbed Daley Blind of the ball and raced towards goal but Rooney chased back and made a superb block.
Marcus Rashford danced cleared on the right hand side and delivered a perfect cross pass to Anthony Martial but his well timed shot was desperately blocked by Joel Ward as the first half ended goalless.
United twice hit the wood work in the second half as they tried to break the deadlock. First, Belgium midfielder Fellaini collected a pass from Rashford and powered his effort past the goalkeeper but was denied by the post.
Anthony Martial went incredibly close after he met a Valencia cross but his header came off the post again.
Jason Puncheon came on for Yohan Cabaye and created immediate impact as as he collected Joel Ward pass down the left channel controlled it before firing a volley past De Gea from a tight angle.
But the lead did not last as Juan Mata made it 1-1 within three minutes of the goal. The Spaniard finished off a flowing move that took the combination of Wayne Rooney and Fellaini. The first 90m minutes needed 1-1 as both sides failed to get the winner during regulation time.
Bolasie forced a save out of de Gea in the first half of extra time and Palace were handed a massive advantage as the Congolese was dragged down in a rugby style by Smalling which left the referee with no choice but to produce a second yellow and a red followed to leave United with ten-men.
Despite playing with ten men Manchester United created the best chances as Lingard teed up Michael Carrick with a sumptuous cross but the former Tottenham midfielder headed wide.
However, it didn’t take long as Louis van Gaal’s men went in front through Jesse Lingard. Valencia dashed down the right flank and delivered a low cross towards Martial but the ball was deflected into the path of Lingard who unleashes a ferocious first-time volley into the top corner for the match winner.