Coventry City 3-3 (2-4 pens) Manchester United: Red Devils squeak into FA Cup Final

Second-tier Coventry City are hoping for a huge upset against Premier League giants Manchester United in their FA Cup semifinal at Wembley on Sunday.

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Mark Robins’ side can certainly pull it off as they beat Wolves in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinal for just the second time in their history. The Sky Blues’ recent history has seen them climb up the leagues from the fourth tier to the Championship playoff final last season (where they lost on penalties to Luton) and Robins has led the way the entire time, doing a fantastic job on a low budget to revive Coventry as a club amid severe financial turmoil, stadium sharing and general chaos. This FA Cup semifinal feels like a reward for Robins, his players and the fans and Coventry will play with absolutely no fear. They’ve unexpectedly lost their last two Championship games after being the form team in the second tier and their hopes of surging into the playoffs aren’t over but it is now looking very unlikely. USMNT fans have had a close eye on Coventry this season as Haji Wright has scored 17 (Ellis Simms is top scorer with 18) and has added six assists in an exceptional season for the Sky Blues.

Things are quite clear for Manchester United: they need to win the FA Cup to save their season. Erik ten Hag’s side have won just one of their last six games and are really struggling for confidence, form and to have any control in games. Even if United win the FA Cup and finish sixth in the Premier League it feels like Erik ten Hag’s time in charge at Old Trafford is probably up. They have incredible individual quality and beat Liverpool to reach this semifinal but there’s just something about this United side which tells you they could quite easily be on the end of huge FA Cup upset this weekend.

How to watch Coventry City vs Manchester United live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10:30am ET Sunday (April 21)
Online: ESPN+

Coventry City vs Manchester United live updates — By Nick Mendola

Coventry City vs Manchester United live score: 3-3 (2-4 pens)

Goalscorers: McTominay (23′), Maguire (45+1′), Fernandes (58′), Simms (71′), O’Hare (79′), Wright (pen 90+5′)


Bradley Collins in goal for Coventry, Andre Onana for Man Utd.

Man United shoot first. Casemiro. SAVED by Collins.

Haji Wright. GOAL. 1-0 Coventry.

Diogo Dalot. GOAL. 1-1.

Victor Torp. GOAL. 2-1 Coventry.

Christian Eriksen. GOAL. 2-2.

Callum O’Hare. SAVED by Onana.

Bruno Fernandes. GOAL. 3-2 Man Utd.

Ben Sheaf. MISSED. Over the goal.

Rasmus Hojlund. GOAL. Man United win.

Last-minute winner overturned by VAR — To penalties!

Haji Wright beat the United back line and cut back for Victor Torp to finish right on the edge of 120 minutes but…

Wright’s offside in the build-up by a toe. Harsh. To penalties!

United almost absent

Yes there are injuries but what does it say for this club that they are barely there at Wembley Stadium in a semifinal against a second-tier side.

The Coventry City story is excellent and we’re admittedly all over it and lapping it up, but wow.

Halftime of extra time

Not a lot of danger in that first period aside from the two noted moments below.

United youngsters Omari Forson and Amad Diallo have come on since the 90th minute, while Antony and Christian Eriksen are the other two Red Devils out there who did not start the game.

Extra time!

Bruno Fernandes rattles the bar, then Coventry go the other way.

Haji Wright cooks Casemiro, now in minute 97 of center back play, but runs out of room at the end line.

COVENTRY CITY PENALTY!! Coventry 3-3 Man Utd (90+5′ minute)

We’re in stoppage time and Aaron Wan-Bissaka has blocked a cross with his arm from close range.

USMNT striker Haji Wright with a perfect penalty! Wow.

Couldn’t be?! — Coventry 2-3 Man Utd (79th minute)

O’Hare tears into a speculative shot from 25 yards and it takes a wicked turn off the back of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Andre Onana cannot adjust, and we’ve got a one-goal game and time to play.

Coventry get one back — Coventry 1-3 Man Utd (71st minute)

Nice bit of technique from Ellis Simms as he’s left to his devices in the middle of the box.

Fabio Tavares sweeps in a cross. Harry Maguire is well in front of Simms and Kobbie Mainoo can’t reach the red-hot striker, who belts a side volley home.

Great moment for the visitors and their support.

Bruno Fernandes goal — Coventry 0-3 Man Utd (58th minute)

Marcus Rashford’s dribble into the box is defied by Joel Latibeaudire, but the Jamaican’s touch goes right to Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese moves himself into shooting position and hammers home.

Halftime — Coventry City 0-2 Manchester United

No much drama here.

Coventry has 0.03 xG off 35% of the ball. United’s pair of goals come from 11 shot attempts to Coventry’s one.


Harry Maguire goal — Coventry 0-2 Man Utd (45+1 minute)

It’s a corner kick, and Maguire gets to the spot to thump a header home.

The 2-0 lead is well-earned.

Scott McTominay goal — Coventry 0-1 Man Utd (23rd minute)

Scott McTominay starts the play and goes to the back post.

Diogo Dalot gets the final pass for a McTominay finish in a gaping goal.

Hints of an upset?

Casemiro partners with Harry Maguire at center back, and that means Manchester United will try to cover the midfield with Kobbie Mainoo and Scott McTominay behind Bruno Fernandes.

There’s still probably far too much in United’s attack versus Coventry’s back line, but there’s more of a reason for being on upset alert than most days.

Coventry City lineup

Collins, Latibeuadiere, Thomas, Kitching, Bidwell, Eccles, Sheaf, O’Hare, Van Ewijk, Simms, Wright

Manchester United lineup

Onana, Dalot, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Mainoo, McTominay, Fernandes, Garnacho, Rashford, Hojlund

Coventry City focus, team news

The duo of Simms and Wright have been excellent up front, while in midfield Callum O’Hare brings creativity and drive but Coventry will badly miss Jamaican international Kasey Palmer who is suspended. Coventry are a tough, solid team and every single player knows the job they have to do.

OUT: Tatsuhiro Sakamoto (back), Jamie Allen (calf), Kasey Palmer (suspended)

Manchester United focus, team news

United’s defensive injuries continue to leave them in a tough spot with Harry Maguire and youngster Willy Kambwala set to start at center back once again. The quartet of Hojlund, Fernandes, Rashford and Garnacho are likely to start in attack and they should have enough quality to fire United to a second-straight FA Cup final.

OUT: Anthony Martial (groin), Victor Lindelof (thigh), Tyrell Malacia (knee), Luke Shaw (thigh), Lisandro Martinez (calf), Raphael Varane (ankle), Jonny Evans (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Antony (muscle), Scott McTominay (knock)

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