Man United to FA Cup final; West Brom draw Liverpool

Danny Murphy

It was unfair to go in 1-1 at half-time.

Different managers. Different teams.

Manchester United made it to a 20 FA Cup final after a tough 2-1 win over Tottenham.

But Alexis Sanchez athletically headed in a delivery from Paul Pogba in the 24th minute to level the scoreline.

In the second half, Ander Herrera finished off a lovely team move with a drilled shot that went underneath Michel Vorm. "Sure it will be a very successful season if we are able to keep our position in the table".

"But the only way is to keep going - with me or with another - but the only way is to keep going in this direction".

"So let's prepare properly, but now let's focus on Arsenal (United's next league game) because we want to finish the season in second".

Spurs started the game on the front foot and we saw ourselves a goal down. We have been there and competitive but to win a trophy is not easy'.

"I am happy with the performance and the effort, it was an even game, in my head a little bit more for us".

Spurs pushed, with Pochettino throwing on Lucas Moura for Ben Davies in the hope it would open things up, but United were well drilled in defence and well versed in the darker arts, doing all they could to time-waste and break up the play. "We can't throw it away, We have got to improve". But in the second half they scored the game was competitive.

Khan beats Lo Greco in 39 seconds on British return
In Liverpool, at the Echo Arena. "The weight is an issue with Kell, I'm a 147-pound fighter", Khan said after the win. But an unimpressed Brook said: "He doesn't want the fight, he just ran off.

Both teams were in midweek Premier League action and made changes. Title-winners Manchester City could not be overcome but Spurs are hardly alone there.

As with past year, Spurs had plenty of the ball and carved some decent chances, but, when push came to shove, their rivals found something else in front of goal.

However, Spurs started like the side determined to make a statement.

The first trophy is always the hardest to win and it is now assuming huge significance for Spurs and Pochettino as they end the season empty-handed again.

Jose Mourinho doesn't give out guarantees over places in his XI but when you have scored eight times at Wembley for two clubs and your country then as lucky omens go they do not come any better.

And yet, despite the Argentine's continued search for silverware, there is no question whatsoever about his future - nor should there be.

For Jose Mourinho, who will return to Wembley for the final on May 19, former club Chelsea or Southampton stand between him and the fourth trophy of his tenure at Old Trafford.

Pochettino's Premier League record is one of consistent improvement from fifth to third and then runners-up last season.

But the recovery epitomized West Brom under the caretaker command of Darren Moore, who has five points from three games. To what extent that reflects the type of football the fans have been watching all season, one can only guess.

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