Cup win more special after sending off, says David de Gea

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea said that winning the FA Cup with 10 men on the field made it that bit more satisfying.

Cup win more special after sending off, says David de Gea
De Gea roars as he lifts the trophy aloft | Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images Sport

After the heroics of Jesse Lingard's stunning FA Cup winner against Crystal Palace, Manchester United’s Player of the Year David De Gea claims that the manner of the victory makes it that bit more special for all involved.

De Gea claims victory is “for all the fans”

Speaking to MUTV after the dramatic final, the Spanish shot-stopper was in a buoyant mood and dedicated the victory to all Manchester United fans.

"We are Manchester United, we are one of the best clubs in the world and we have won the FA Cup for all the fans," De Gea said.

The Spaniard, who has been a fan favourite ever since he joined the club from Atletico Madrid to replace Edwin van der Sar took time out to thank the fans declaring “the FA Cup is back in Manchester!"

David de Gea lifts the FA Cup at Wembley | Photo: Matthew Peters/Manchester United
David de Gea lifts the FA Cup at Wembley | Photo: Matthew Peters/Manchester United

De Gea claims Chris Smalling’s red card makes the victory even sweeter

Manchester United had to come behind as they have so often done throughout their illustrious history when the Red Devils fell behind to a clinical Jason Puncheon strike, it took just three minutes for Juan Mata to volley United level.

But things are never simple when Manchester United are involved, especially in finals and half way through the first half of extra-time, United defender Chris Smalling was sent to the changing rooms early by referee Mark Clattenburg for a second bookable offence.

Chris Smalling was sent off for a second bookable offence | Photo: Alex Morton - The FA Collection
Chris Smalling was sent off for a second bookable offence | Photo: Alex Morton - The FA Collection

With players fatiguing, playing with an extra man would have certainly given Palace the belief that the game was theirs to win.

But 10 minutes before the end of extra-time, local boy and Manchester United fan Jesse Lingard scored a stunning volley to win the final for United.

In his interview with MUTV, De Gea celebrated his teammate's resilience "[It was tough] with ten players and with [various] difficult moments, but we fought until the end and we never surrendered."

"Jesse [Lingard] scored a great goal and it was even more special with ten men. We are really, really happy to win the FA Cup.”

De Gea celebrates Juan Mata's equaliser | Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
De Gea celebrates Juan Mata's equaliser | Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

FA Cup victory draws Manchester United level on 12 with Arsenal

As well as being the first FA Cup in the careers of many of the Manchester United, even Wayne Rooney was celebrating lifting the illustrious footballing trophy for the first ever time, it also brought United level with rivals Arsenal with 12 FA Cup triumphs.

Arsenal’s back to back successful cup runs, saw them overtake the Red Devils but it is fitting that local boy and United fan Jesse Lingard was the hero for the Reds' 12th Cup victory.