In the end, it wasn't meant to be. Crystal Palace's FA Cup run ended in the cruelest of ways with a final defeat to 10-man Manchester United in extra time. And truth be told it just didn't happen for the Eagles on the day. Whether it was the magnitude of the occasion or something else, Palace just didn't really turn up.
But while some fans can blame Mark Clattenburg for the Wembley defeat (and they will) the truth is that Alan Pardew's side didn't do enough to really earn victory and lift the...
Jason Puncheon scored in the 78th minute in the FA Cup final, giving the Eagles the lead and sending Crystal Palace supporters to their feet. Palace manager Alan Pardew also got in on the celebration, showing off his rather unique dance moves.
Unfortunately for him, his celebrations were short-lived as Juan Mata would equalise minutes later.
There was no redemption for Pardew either, as Manchester United went on to win the title.
LONDON -- If this was the last stand of Louis van Gaal, then what a fitting way it was for the Dutchman to bow out. Saturday's FA Cup final was an underwhelming, pedestrian performance with players out of position all over the park. The expectation was impending failure, and then Manchester United sneaked the result at the end, winning 2-1 in extra-time over Crystal Palace.
It is their first FA Cup since 2004 but more pertinently, it is their first non-Community Shield trophy since the departure...