Manchester United vs Coventry LIVE: FA Cup semi-final result as Red Devils sneak through penalty shootout to reach final

Manchester United made hard work of their FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City and needed a penalty shootout to set up a tantilising clash against Manchester City next month.

United took the initiative for the first 60 minutes and worked their way up to a three goal lead after Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes all found the back of the net. Yet there was a twist in the tale as Coventry came from behind to force the match into extra-time.

With 20 minutes to go Ellis Simms scored on the turn to give the Championship club some hope before Callum O’Hare’s deflected strike looped over Andre Onana. A stoppage time penalty was then dispatched by Haji Wright to force an extra 30 minutes. Victor Torp slotted home right at the end of the game but his effort was ruled out for offside and penalties were needed to decide the match.

Bradley Collins saved Casemiro’s first kick but Andre Onana came up with the goods for Man Utd. He kept out O’Hare’s effort then saw Ben Sheaf ping one over the top as Rasmus Hojlund netted the winning penalty.

Relive the action from Wembley below plus get the latest odds and tips for the match right here:

Coventry City vs Manchester United LIVE

  • Manchester United avoid embarassment and sneak into FA Cup final despite dramatic Coventry comeback

  • 122’ DISALLOWED! - Torp scores for Coventry but the goal is rueld out for offside (COV 3-3 MUN)

  • 116’ CROSSBAR! - Simms hits the woodwork late in extra time (COV 3-3 MUN)

  • 94’ CROSSBAR! - Fernandes drills the woodwork in extra time (COV 3-3 MUN)

  • 90+5’ GOAL! - Coventry complete comeback with late penalty (COV 3-3 MUN)

  • 79’ GOAL! - O’Hare’s deflected effort beats Onana (COV 2-3 MUN)

  • 71’ GOAL! - Simms turns the ball home for Coventry (COV 1-3 MUN)

  • 58’ GOAL! - Fernandes adds a third with slick finish (COV 0-3 MUN)

  • 45+1 GOAL! - Maguire’s powers header home on stroke of half-time (COV 0-2 MUN)

  • 23’ GOAL! - McTominay tap in puts United into the lead (COV 0-1 MUN)

Coventry City FC 5 - 7 Manchester United FC

Manchester United avoid embarassment and sneak into FA Cup final despite dramatic Coventry comeback

19:10 , Mike Jones

Mark Robins is credited as being the man who saved Sir Alex Ferguson’s job 34 years ago, but with the now Coventry manager watching on from the sidelines, an altogether more modern entity might just, and only just, have earned the current United boss a stay of execution in extraordinary fashion.

Having seen his Manchester United side throw away a three-goal lead for the first time in 11 years, against a Championship team who had lost three of the previous four games, Coventry thought they had hammered the final nail into Erik ten Hag’s battered coffin, with the most dramatic scene Wembley has seen since its rebuild – a 120th minute winner to seal a spectacular giantkilling of epic proportions.

Man Utd avoid embarassment and sneak into cup final after dramatic Coventry comeback

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

19:21 , Mike Jones

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, speaking to ITV1: “It was an incredible game, a strange game too. We had total control for so long and then gave it away in the last part of the game. We did show resilience to win the penalty shootout.

“We had control for 75 minutes and have to give Coventry a compliment for what they did in the last 15 minutes.

“We have to improve. We talk a lot about this. First you have to put yourself in a winning position but then you have to take it over the line. In these moments we are making mistakes and not keeping our responsibilities.”

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

19:16 , Mike Jones

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana to BBC Sport: “It’s a mixed feeling. We went through, that’s why we came here.

“It was a tough game at the end. We were in control. After so many individual mistakes we conceded three goals. The most important thing is to win. We have to look forward to the coming games.

“Somehow we lost control of the game.

“We are Man Utd. We must win. We feel good, we feel happy to be in a final. We’ll come back here to win.

“The most important thing is the victory. We’re in the final, that’s what matters.”

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

19:11 , Mike Jones

Coventry City boss Mark Robins to ITV: “We conceded too many poor goals. We knew we had to make changes which we did at half-time. We spoke about not having regrets. We started to look more of a threat.

“To come back from 3-0 down is incredible. Some good quality football. We were really disappointed at the end.

“We hit the bar and had a goal disallowed. It was a really difficult game. We lose Tavares to injury and had to make another change.

“If you can attack them you can really hurt them. I can’t be prouder of them. They did fantastically well. I think we’ve made Coventry proud.

“You get to penalties and it’s a lottery. You don’t hold anything against anyone if they show the courage to take one in a cauldron.”

On the offside goal: “It’s a toe nail. Those lines are the bane of our life. You don’t get a chance often to go to an FA Cup final and we were really really close.

“We have to pick ourselves up because there’s a game on Wednesday.

“There’s always a bit of gamesmanship [in penalties]. We needed to score the five goals. We scored the five in the summer and missed the sixth and Luton went up. It feels like a kick in the teeth.

“I’m really proud of them.

“We’ve just said to them they’ve put themselves right up there in the history of the football club. People will talk about this game for a long time.”

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

19:01 , Mike Jones

Former Coventry City striker Clinton Morrison sepaking on BBC Radio 5 Live: “Man Utd need to improve and try to get some of the injured players back.

“Man City were not at their best against Chelsea, but you never know in a one of game. Man Utd are through and it doesn’t matter how they played today and that was Erik ten Hag’s job at the start of today.”

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

18:55 , Mike Jones

Bruno Fernandes has scored and assisted in 17 matches for Manchester United - since his debut for the club in February 2020, the only Premier League player to do so in more different games in all competitions is Mohamed Salah (20).

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

18:51 , Mike Jones

Reaction from Roy Keane on ITV: “The Manchester United players and supporters weren’t going over the top because they were lucky to win. They were almost embarrassed in the end.

“I don’t like what I see when I watch this United group. I don’t see leaders.

“They give up chances, they give up goals, we’ve seen it all season and they rode their luck today.”

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

18:45 , Mike Jones

Here’s a look at some of the match highlights:

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

18:40 , Mike Jones

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, speaking to ITV1: “We found a way.

“We started the game really well and then conceded a sloppy goal. We were unfortunate to concede the second goal. I think the penalty was so hard but all credit to Coventry. They made it tough for us in the second half of extra time.

“It sums up our season, we had great control and played well for 60 minutes but then we conceded out of nothing.

“Then I don’t know, it seems like the world wanted Coventry to go on and do it. We showed great character to stick with it and it was important to win the shootout.”

Manchester United defeat Coventry on penalties to reach FA Cup final

18:37 , Mike Jones

Manchester United made hard work of their FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City and needed a penalty shootout to set up a tantilising clash against Manchester City next month.

United took the initiative for the first 60 minutes and worked their way up to a three goal lead after Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes all found the back of the net. Yet there was a twist in the tale as Coventry came from behind to force the match into extra-time.

With 20 minutes to go Ellis Simms scored on the turn to give the Championship club some hope before Callum O’Hare’s deflected strike looped over Andre Onana. A stoppage time penalty was then dispatched by Haji Wright to force an extra 30 minutes. Victor Torp slotted home right at the end of the game but his effort was ruled out for offside and penalties were needed to decide the match.

Bradley Collins saved Casemiro’s first kick but Andre Onana came up with the goods for Man Utd. He kept out O’Hare’s effort then saw Ben Sheaf ping one over the top as Rasmus Hojlund netted the winning penalty.

Penalties: Coventry 2-4 Man Utd

18:24 , Mike Jones

Rasmus Hojlund is the man tasked with sending Man Utd into the final. He’s taking on Bradley Collins. If he scores United go through...

He does! Right in the corner, Man Utd sneak into the final, they’ve beaten Coventry 4-2 in the penalty shootout!

Penalties: Coventry 2-3 Man Utd

18:23 , Mike Jones

Ben Sheaf gets a bit of aggro from Andre Onana before he takes his penalty. Sheaf lifts the ball over the top of the crossbar!

Man Utd will have the chance to win the shootout!

Penalties: Coventry 2-3 Man Utd

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Bruno Fernandes is cool, and slots his spot kick into the bottom corner. United go ahead in the shootout.

Penalties: Coventry 2-2 Man Utd

18:21 , Mike Jones

Here comes Callum O’Hare. The midfielder had a great second half, can he top it off by scoring a penalty?

No! Andre Onana leaps to the right and palms the ball wide. It’s a great save, the shootout is back on level terms.

Penalties: Coventry 2-2 Man Utd

18:20 , Mike Jones

Christian Eriksen can usually be relied on in such moments. He needs to score for Man Utd and does!

Penalties: Coventry 2-1 Man Utd

18:20 , Mike Jones

Victor Torp thought he had the winner for Coventry. He’s next up and beats Andre Onana with a rocket to the top corner.

Penalties: Coventry 1-1 Man Utd

18:19 , Mike Jones

Next up is Diogo Dalot for Man Utd. He scored last year at Wembley, he scores this year too! Confident kick from Dalot.

Penalties: Coventry 1-0 Man Utd

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Haji Wright is Coventry’s first taker. He looks composed with a long run up then slots it home!

Penalties: Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

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Casemiro has been waiting a while ahead of this first penalty. He places the ball on the spot, the whistle goes and Casemiro misses!

Bradley Collins stands his ground and keeps out the chipped shot!

Penalties: Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

18:15 , Mike Jones

Okay then, let’s reset. The players are preparing for the penalty shootout after that late drama denied Coventry a win. Manchester United look like they’re taking the first penalty.

Casemiro has the ball in hand.

ET full-time! Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

18:13 , Mike Jones

124 mins: It’s going to be penalties. What a game, what a semi-final. Coventry almost had the fairytale ending but they’ll need to defeat Man Utd in a shootout.

What a ride we’ve had this afternoon at Wembley and there’s still more drama to come. Which team will get over the line?

ET DISALLOWED! Coventry 4-3 Man Utd

18:11 , Mike Jones

122 mins: No Goal! Coventry are denied a historic victory as VAR spies an offside in the build up to the goal. Man Utd have been reprieved.

ET GOAL! Coventry 4-3 Man Utd (Torp, 121’)⚽️

18:10 , Mike Jones

121 mins: Oh may days!

Coventry have won it in the very last moment of the game. Another counter attack sees Haji Wright played into the left side of the pitch.

He brings the ball into the box and squares it to Victor Torp who taps the ball into the far bottom corner. Wow!

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

18:04 , Mike Jones

116 mins: Antony has a couple of shots before Amad Diallo turns an effort well wide of the target. This game is so open as both teams want to avoid a penalty shootout.

Crossbar! Ellis Simms gets free in the box and smashes an effort at goal. He hits the woodwork after beating Onana but the ball doesn’t cross the line!

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

18:01 , Mike Jones

114 mins: Chance! Haji Wright should sink Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes loses the ball on the edge of Coventry’s penalty area and the Sky Blues fly up the pitch.

A couple of quick passes sends Wright into the box on the left side and he just has Andre Onana to beat. He shoots but fizzes his effort wide of goal!

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:59 , Mike Jones

111 mins: There’s a quick VAR check for handball against Bobby Thomas as the second corner comes into the middle. Nothing more comes from it and play goes on.

Rasmus Hojlund brings the ball forward and shoots from the edge of the box but his effort is blocked and Coventry break. Matt Godden carries the ball into the box and has a go but Casemiro gets back to turn the ball out for a corner kick.

Coventry’s set piece doesn’t trouble Man Utd who look to play out from the back.

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:55 , Mike Jones

108 mins: Close! Harry Maguire drives Man Utd up the field and takes the ball to the byline before shooting and forcing Bradley Collins to flick the ball behind for a corner.

The initial ball is cleared but United maintain the attack and earn themselves a second corner. Can they score here?

ET second half! Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

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Mark Robins is so animated to his players at the break. He believes that they can snatch this match out of Man Utd’s hands. Matt Godden has replaced Fabio Tavares who wasn’t able to continue for Coventry.

15 minutes to play before penalties.

ET half-time! Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:50 , Mike Jones

105+1 mins: That’ll be half-time in extra-time. Nothing to separate the two teams yet and now they’re only 15 minutes away from a penalty shootout.

Manchester United fans will be wondering how things came to this.

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:48 , Mike Jones

103 mins: Ben Sheaf looks to curl a shot past Andre Onana but turns his effort wide of the far post. Omari Forson comes on to the pitch for Manchester United with Scott McTominay taken off.

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:43 , Mike Jones

100 mins: So far Man Utd have controlled extra time, creating the better chances but Coventry look fresher and dangerous on the counter attack.

It’s a coin toss for which way this game will go now.

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:40 , Mike Jones

97 mins: Fabio Tavares takes a knock and needs a bit of treatment before the game continues. He’s been one of Coventry’s main men since coming on and would be a huge loss for them as they chase a winning goal.

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:39 , Mike Jones

94 mins: Crossbar! Bruno Fernandes smokes an incredible hit from the edge of the box and rattles the woodwork for Manchester United.

Coventry then break up the pitch but Haji Wright overruns the ball and it goes out for a goalkick.

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:36 , Mike Jones

93 mins: Coventry have the confidence and the belief. It’s a bad situation for Manchester United to be in as everything seems to be going against them.

The experienced players need to turnaround their fortunes and wrestle control of the match back from the Sky Blues. Mark Robins will be telling his team to continues as they area.

Another goal could send them into the final.

ET Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:34 , Mike Jones

90 mins: Roy Keane is fuming on ITV punditry over Manchester United’s performance. The Red Devils get extra-time started and they’ll need to get the momentum on their side again.

Amad Diallo has replaced Marcus Rashford and has been electric since coming on.

Who is Haji Wright? The USA international lighting up the FA Cup at Coventry

17:32 , Mike Jones

Haji Wright wheeled away and charged towards the corner flag, arms spreading in delight as he found the away supporters at Molineux. Down to his knees the American sank in a slide of celebration, his curling effort having secured Coventry City an FA Cup semi-final for only the second time in history.

It had been a day of remarkable drama. For much of the second half, Ellis Simms’ goal looked to have given the Championship club victory over Wolves, only for Rayan Ait-Nouri and substitute Hugo Bueno to strike twice in five minutes to seemingly dash their dreams.

Who is Haji Wright? The USA international lighting up the FA Cup at Coventry

Full-time! Coventry 3-3 Man Utd

17:28 , Mike Jones

90+9 mins: There goes the final whistle. We’re in for another 30 minutes at Wembley as Coventry’s remarkable comeback forces extra-time in this semi-final.

Manchester United have throw away a three goal lead, though the penalty decision was a harsh one. Which way will this match turn now?

GOAL! Coventry 3-3 Man Utd (Wright, 90+5)

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90+5 mins: Haji Wright scores from the spot! Coventry have their comeback!

Penalty to Coventry!

17:21 , Mike Jones

Coventry 2-3 Man Utd

The ball is flicked into the box from the left and gets booted across the six-yard box. It strikes Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the arm and the referee points to the spot!

VAR doesn’t overturn the decision. Drama.

Coventry 2-3 Man Utd

17:20 , Mike Jones

90+2 mins: Marcus Rashford has gone down after a swiping tackle but the referee lets play go on. Coventry win a throw in deep in United’s half.

The Coventry fans are in full voice, urging their team on. As the cross comes into the box, Christian Eriksen is there to nod away.

Coventry 2-3 Man Utd

17:19 , Mike Jones

90 mins: There’s going to be six minutes of added time to play. Man Utd are under serious pressure from Coventry and are defending for their lives.

This is still open.

Coventry 2-3 Man Utd

17:16 , Mike Jones

88 mins: Onana is shown a yellow card for delaying the restart and taking time out of the game. There’s only a few minutes left in this match but it’s very, very tense.

There won’t be many people out there who are confident that Man Utd can get over the line. They’re having that king of topsy-turvy season.

Coventry 2-3 Man Utd

17:13 , Mike Jones

85 mins: Coventry’s set piece is whipped into the Man Utd penalty area. It’s floated over to the far post but Diogo Dalot is on hand to turn the ball out for a throw in.

Save! The throw in comes into the box and bobbles around before bouncing out ot Victor Torp. He nails his shot onto the dropping ball and forces Andre Onana into a leaping save to his left!

Huge moment from the United goalkeeper.

Coventry 2-3 Man Utd

17:11 , Mike Jones

82 mins: Those two goals have set this semi-final up for a thrilling finale. There’s less than 10 minutes of the 90 to play and Man Utd will need another goal to feel comfortable again.

A corner kick is swung into the area but Coventry defend it well and look to sweep forward themselves.

GOAL! Coventry 2-3 Man Utd (O’Hare, 79’)⚽️

17:08 , Mike Jones

79 mins: There it is!

Simms brings the ball down the left but he passes it across to Callum O’Hare. The midfielder has a go from range and drills his shot into the head of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The ball loops into the air then drops over the head of Andre Onana to breathe new lift into this match!

Coventry 1-3 Man Utd

17:06 , Mike Jones

77 mins: Almost! Some incredibly slick passing through the middle of the pitch sends Marcus Rashford in behind the lines but he’s flagged offside before the move can develop any further.

Time is ticking by, Coventry need to score again quickly if they hope to mount a comeback.

Coventry 1-3 Man Utd

17:03 , Mike Jones

74 mins: Now this will be an interesting finish. Especially if Coventry score again. Surely Man Utd can’t let a three goal lead slip?

They’ll want to regain some control on this match. Christian Eriksen has replaced Kobbie Mainoo in the middle of the pitch. Time on the ball and game management will be the key now for the Red Devils.

GOAL! Coventry 1-3 Man Utd (Simms, 71’)⚽️

17:00 , Mike Jones

71 mins: Coventry get one back!

Fabio Tavares has been a good addition for the Sky Blues since coming off the bench and he curls a great ball into the box for Ellis Simms.

He shoots on the spin and pings the ball past Andre Onana. This game isn’t done yet.

Coventry 0-3 Man Utd

16:59 , Mike Jones

70 mins: Callum O’Hare is slipped the ball inside the box but gets out muscled by Harry Maguire who marshalls the ball out for a goal kick.

Coventry are still giving it a go. They’ve got 20 minutes to make a comeback.

Coventry 0-3 Man Utd

16:55 , Mike Jones

67 mins: Alejandro Garnacho is taken off the pitch by Erik ten Hag now and gets replaced with Antony. The teenager once again doesn’t look too pleased to getting taken off but he shakes his manager’s hand and takes a seat.

What can Antony muster for the rest of this match?

Coventry 0-3 Man Utd

16:53 , Mike Jones

64 mins: Jake Bidwell whips a corner into the penalty area for Coventry but Harry Maguire gets up high and nods the ball away. He’s already scored today but will want to keep a clean sheet as well.

Coventry 0-3 Man Utd

16:51 , Mike Jones

61 mins: Nearly! A free kick for Man Utd is floated over to Casemiro on the far side of the area. He nods the ball back across and finds Garnacho whose wild effort is deflected to Maguire.

Maguire shoots with the outside of his foot and lifts the ball over the crossbar.

GOAL! Coventry 0-3 Man Utd (Fernandes, 58’)⚽️

16:48 , Mike Jones

58 mins: That should be game over.

A break for Manchester United sees Marcus Rashford bring the ball into the penalty area. He loses it but the loose ball comes to Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes takes a couple of touches to weave around a defender then slots a deflected effort into the back of the net.

Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:46 , Mike Jones

57 mins: There’s a bit of fight in Coventry City which is always welcome in cup games. They come down the right side with Callum O’Hare lifting a cross over to Haji Wright.

He dances into the box and looks to shoot but United’s defender’s crowd him out and he has to retreat.

Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:42 , Mike Jones

54 mins: There are a lot of boos from the Coventry fans as Andre Onana takes a little bit of time to restart the match from a goal kick.

United attempt to come down the right wing with Garnacho racing against Bobby Thomas. The defender shoulders the teenager onto the deck and excites the Coventry contingent with his strength.

Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:39 , Mike Jones

51 mins: Rashford wins United a free kick over on the left side of the final third. Fernandes rolls the ball to Marcus Rashford who shoots from range and drills his shot into Rasmus Hojlund who desperately tries to get out of the way.

That’s a sign of United’s confidence, they want more goals and will try to score from all over the pitch.

Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:37 , Mike Jones

48 mins: Close! Scott McTominay pings a cross field pass out to Marcus Rashford on the left wing. He brings the ball under control and dips into the box before tapping the ball back to Kobbie Mainoo.

He releases the ball to Bruno Fernandes who shoots and looks to curl his effort into the far corner. Bradley Collins is concerned by the effort and leaps across to get to the ball but the shot flies inches wide of the far post.

That would have killed off this game if it had gone in.

Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:34 , Mike Jones

46 mins: This is Harry Maguire’s first Wembley goal since scoring for England against Albania in November 2021. He’s never scored here for Manchester United before.

Second half! Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:34 , Mike Jones

Coventry get the ball rolling for the second half at Wembley. They need to switch things up but can’t afford to concede again. It’s a difficult position to be in but sometimes clubs just need to roll the dice in knockout matches.

Man Utd could fold under a bit of pressure. The Sky Blues seem to have set up in back four not the back five they started the first half with.

HT Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:31 , Mike Jones

Excluding penalties, only Rasmus Højlund (13) has scored more goals for Manchester United this season than Scott McTominay (10).

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(Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

HT Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:27 , Mike Jones

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HT Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:23 , Mike Jones

Here’s a look at both goals so far. Scott McTominay, recalled to the team today despite not training in the week, provided the opener:

Harry Maguire then nodded home the second to double United’s lead:

Half-time! Coventry 0-2 Man Utd

16:19 , Mike Jones

45+2 mins: That’s a blow for Coventry. On the stroke of half-time Harry Maguire has doubled Man Utd’s lead and now the Red Devils are comfortable in the game.

Mark Robins needs to switch things up to get his team back into the match after the break.

GOAL! Coventry 0-2 Man Utd (Maguire, 45+1)⚽️

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45+1 mins: Harry Maguire makes it two!

Fromt he resultant corner the ball is swung onto the head of Maguire who powers his header into the bottom corner. Good goal from the centre-back.

United are comfortable now.

Coventry 0-1 Man Utd

16:16 , Mike Jones

45 mins: Save! Bradley Collins comes to the rescue for Coventry as Marcus Rashford is fed the ball on the right side of the penalty area.

He shoots first time and and hits a curling effort towards the goal. Collins leaps and pushes the ball over the crossbar!

Coventry 0-1 Man Utd

16:14 , Mike Jones

43 mins: Rasmus Hojlund manages to turn away from his marker as Bruno Fernandes passes him the ball. He’s still outside the penalty area but goes for goal only to see his effort blocked.

Coventry 0-1 Man Utd

16:11 , Mike Jones

41 mins: Nearly! Josh Eccles’ footwork takes him past Aaron Wan-Bissaka and into the right side of the box. Eccles slides the ball across the penalty area and almost finds Ellis Simms only for Diogo Dalot to stick out a foot and get to the ball first.

Last ditch defending for United but that will give Coventry some confidence they can go on to score.

Coventry 0-1 Man Utd

16:09 , Mike Jones

38 mins: Liam Kitching bombs forward with the ball but misplaces his pass and gives it to Diogo Dalot. He looks to set up a counter attack as feeds it over to the left where Bruno Fernandes takes over and slows up play.

He decides that United are better served by controlling possession for the time being.

Coventry 0-1 Man Utd

16:08 , Mike Jones

35 mins: The goal has had the effect of cutting down Man Utd’s time in possession. Coventry are starting to pus forward more with Callum O’Hare attempting to slip by Casemiro.

The Sky Blues have managed to force United into defending deep but they need to find a final pass to unlock a chance to take on Andre Onana.

Coventry 0-1 Man Utd

16:04 , Mike Jones

32 mins: Here we go, a chance for Coventry to square things up.

They win a free kick in a dangerous area and Jake Bidwell is tasked with fizzing it into the box. He strikes the ball decently enough but United’s wall leaps high and blocks it.

For all the talk about United’s defence before the match, they’re been fairly alert today.

Coventry 0-1 Man Utd

16:00 , Mike Jones

29 mins: Roy Keane, on pundit duties for ITV today, spoke in the build-up about Man Utd silencing the Coventry supporters. Score a couple of early goals and dominate proceedings.

They’ve almost done that. It’s been a professional performance from the Red Devils so far.

Coventry 0-1 Man Utd

15:58 , Mike Jones

26 mins: That goal will settle Manchester United down and change Coventry’s outlook on the game. They were set up to defend deep and keep a clean sheet but now need to be more forward thinking.

The first aim will be to avoid a second goal. At 1-0 down the Championship side are still in the contest.

GOAL! Coventry 0-1 Man Utd (McTominay, 23’)⚽️

15:55 , Mike Jones

23 mins: There’s the opener!

Scott McTominay creates and finishes off the move to put Manchester United ahead. He receives the ball on the edge of the box and slips it across to Alejandro Garnacho who feeds Diogo Dalot on the overlap.

Dalot curls a pass into the six yard box and picks out McTominay, who had continued his run, for an easy tap in finish.

Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:52 , Mike Jones

22 mins: Hojlund wins a corner after his pull back is turned out of play. Bruno Fernandes took a shot which got blocked and then the United captain comes over to take the corner.

A bobbles a low pass over to the edge of the box where Alejandro Garnacho blazes a first time shot over the crossbar!

Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:50 , Mike Jones

19 mins: Close! Casemiro floats a perfect pass over the top to feed Marcus Rashford on the left wing. He touches the ball into the box and side foots an effort past Bradley Collins.

The Coventry goalkeeper can’t get there but Rashford’s effort curls wide of the far post.

Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:49 , Mike Jones

18 mins: Manchester United haven’t really been in the penalty area since Rashford’s deflected shot about 10 minutes ago. They’ve seen plenty of the ball though and are trying to figure out a way to break Coventry down.

Fernandes slips a pass through the legs of Ben Sheaf but can’t pick out Rasmus Hojlund in the box.

Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:46 , Mike Jones

15 mins: Coventry need a touch more quality on the counter attack and they’ll start causing United some real problems.

Milan van Ewijk has had a couple of half chances to break down the right wing but United have been allowed to recover due to some slightly wayward passes.

It’s an interesting contest to watch so far.

Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:42 , Mike Jones

12 mins: Man Utd have to contend with a back five when they’re attacking Coventry. The Sky Blues are set up narrowly in order to limit play through the middle and force the Red Devils out wide.

So far it’s working but a goal would change that. The Sky Blues are happy to let United play with the ball but they can’t find a way into the box.

Scott McTominay is dispossessed on the edge of the box by Callum O’Hare.

Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:39 , Mike Jones

9 mins: Jake Bidwell gets high up the left side for Coventry and curls a pass around Diogo Dalot into the penalty area. Ellis Simms is the target but Andre Onana is quickly off his line to scoop up the ball.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is caught out of position at the back but manages to recover to turn the ball out for a Coventry corner. The set piece is whipped into the box but Casemiro leaps highest and nods the ball away.

Decent start to the game from both teams.

Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:36 , Mike Jones

6 mins: Marcus Rashford now takes a shot that gets blocked with the rebound coming out to Bruno Fernandes. He slips a pass out to Diogo Dalot on the right and the forward thinking defender lays it off to Alejandro Garnacho.

The Argentine weaves to the byline but his pull back is turned behind for a corner.

The set piece is then cleared by the Sky Blues.

Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:34 , Mike Jones

3 mins: Alejandro Garnacho takes the first shot of the game after being fed the ball by Bruno Fernandes. He cuts into the box from the right side and lets fly but the nearest defender, Jake Bidwell I think, puts in a solid block to cut out the opportunity to score.

Kick off! Coventry 0-0 Man Utd

15:32 , Mike Jones

Bruno Fernandes gets the ball rolling at Wembley for this semi-final tie. Neither team is in fantastic form but Manchester United should have the advantage.

However, they’re playing with a makeshift defence this afternoon and if Coventry can exploit that they may just manage to get through.

Harry Maguire sends a forward pass over to Marcus Rashford who sprints forward and almost keeps the ball from crossing the byline. His pace may be vital for United today.

Coventry vs Man Utd

15:27 , Mike Jones

Here come the players.

The two teams make their way out onto the pitch at Wembley ahead of kick off for this FA Cup semi-final. Manchester United are the big favourites to go on to win today but can Coventry cause an upset and reach the final?

They certainly have the ability to do so. Kick off is up next...

Erik ten Hag ‘can’t be bothered’ with Manchester United criticism

15:24 , Mike Jones

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag “can’t be bothered” with criticism of the job he is doing at Old Trafford and claims he has only been able to pick his strongest team once in 18 months.

The Dutchman delivered an encouraging first season, winning the League Cup and finishing in the top four, but this campaign has been far more difficult.

They were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage and are in a battle to finish in the top six in the Premier League, with his position coming under scrutiny following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s minority purchase and takeover of the football operations.

Erik ten Hag ‘can’t be bothered’ with Manchester United criticism

Coventry vs Manchester United

15:19 , Mike Jones

Manchester United are looking to reach the FA Cup final in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2003/04 and 2004/05 campaigns.

They are looking to reach back-to-back finals at Wembley for the first time since a run of three between 1994 and 1996.

Coventry vs Manchester United

15:14 , Mike Jones

Manchester United are playing their 32nd FA Cup tie, two more than any other side. Victory would see the reach the final of the competition for a record 22nd time (currently tied with Arsenal on 21).

Coventry vs Manchester United

15:08 , Mike Jones

This is the first FA Cup meeting between Coventry and Manchester United since the fourth round in 1986/87 with the Sky Blues winning 1-0 en route to lifting the trophy.

Before that, they met in the 1984/85 fourth round with the Red Devils winning 2-1 en route to lifting the trophy. These are good omens for whoever proves to be triumphant this afternoon.

Manchester United’s route to the semi-final

15:02 , Mike Jones

Manchester United got their FA Cup campaign off to a winning start against Wigan, before seeing off Newport and Nottingham Forest in the fourth and fifth rounds.

Then an epic against Liverpool at Old Trafford resulted in a 4-3 quarter-final victory. They trailed with three minutes to go, were behind in extra time and needed a 121st-minute goal to win it.

Coventry’s route to the semi-finals

14:58 , Mike Jones

Coventry City beat Oxford 6-2 in the third round, Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 in a fourth round replay, non-league Maidstone 5-0 in round five and Wolves 3-2 in the quarter-final.

They were 2-1 down to Wolves in the seventh minute of injury time before two late goals took them to Wembley and set up a clash against Manchester United.

United want to win every game

14:52 , Mike Jones

Manchester United were beaten finalists in last season’s FA Cup when they lost to Manchester City but are struggling for form going into the game against Coventry today.

Manager Erik ten Hag’s side have three draws and a defeat from their last four games and have dropped to seventh in the Premier League.

"Obviously, we want to win every game," said Ten Hag. "So when we don’t win we are disappointed, are frustrated, sure, but we know also we can beat the best teams.

"When we play to our levels, we can achieve really high highs."

How to watch FA Cup semi-final today

14:46 , Mike Jones

Coventry vs Manchester United kicks off at 3.30pm BST at Wembley Stadium, London.

The match will be shown live on ITV1 and can be streamed live via the ITVX app and website, with coverage starting at 2.30pm BST.

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Man Utd have ‘top, top players'

14:41 , Mike Jones

Coventry City boss Mark Robins doesn’t pay much credit to reports that Manchester United are there for the taking this afternoonr and says his team are going up against top players.

“I hear people talking about Manchester United, they are this, they are that - the truth of it is they’ve got top, top players,” Robins told BBC Radio CWR.

“People in football, pundits, talk in a derisory way about Manchester United - realistically, they can hurt anybody on their day. The 2-2 draw against Liverpool the other week, the goals were outstanding, the counter-attack is scintillating at times.

“You’ve got a lot of things to consider, especially as a Championship club, coming up against the biggest club in the world.”

Coventry City vs Manchester United team changes

14:36 , Mike Jones

Mark Robins makes two changes to the Coventry City team that lost to Birmingham last time out. Victor Torp and Kasey Palmer drop out with Josh Eccles and Callum O’Hare coming in.

Manchester United have only one change to the line-up that drew 2-2 with Bournemouth in their last outing. Scott McTominay starts alongside Kobbie Mainoo in midfield with Casemiro dropping back to partner Harry Maguire in central defence. Willy Kambwala is the man who drops out.

Coventry City vs Manchester United line-ups

14:32 , Mike Jones

Coventry XI: Collins, Latibeaudiere, Thomas, Kitching, Bidwell, Eccles, Sheaf, O’Hare, Van Ewijk, Wright, Simms

Man Utd XI: Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Maguire, Dalot, McTominay, Mainoo, Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford, Hojlund

Ten Hag on Sancho and Garnacho

14:25 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag suggested Jadon Sancho’s Champions League success with Borussia Dortmund will not guarantee him a way back into the manager’s plans, saying: “No (nothing has changed about his future), but we know Jadon Sancho is a fantastic football player, so that is not a surprise for us. That is not the issue.

“I follow international football and follow the players on loan at other clubs. It was a fantastic game, Dortmund against Atletico Madrid, a great performance from Dortmund and for Jadon it’s good news, he made his contribution to the result for Dortmund.”

Alejandro Garnacho, meanwhile, remains very much in Ten Hag’s plans for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Coventry after the United boss forgave him for what he sees as a youthful mistake when the Argentine ‘liked’ social media posts criticising the manager’s decisions to sub him off the pitch.

He added: “Alejandro is a young player, he has to learn a lot. He apologised for it and after that we move on.”

Erik ten Hag says Jadon Sancho ‘issue’ not resolved despite starring Borussia Dortmund role

14:18 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag said he was not surprised Jadon Sancho played a starring role in helping Borussia Dortmund reach the Champions League semi-finals but that it has not given him a renewed chance of having a future at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United manager revealed that Alejandro Garnacho had said sorry to him for liking tweets criticising his decision to substitute the Argentinian in last week’s draw at Bournemouth.

Whereas Sancho has not played for the club, and has refused to apologise for a social-media post about Ten Hag, since August.

Erik ten Hag says Jadon Sancho ‘issue’ not resolved despite Borussia Dortmund form

Chelsea waste FA Cup chance as Nicolas Jackson lets Man City off the hook

14:11 , Mike Jones

Death, taxes and Wembley woe for Chelsea. Sorry, Mr Jackson, but you need to apologise a trillion times for this one. This is on you.

A bruised and battered Manchester City were there for the taking, just as Liverpool were on the ropes two months ago. Once again, Chelsea weren’t just creating good chances but gilt-edged, match-deciding ones, with regularity.

Yet somehow, just as Liverpool escaped with a last-gasp winner in February’s Carabao Cup final heartache, against the run of play, Bernardo Silva stole in at the back post six minutes from time to send the FA Cup holders through to next month’s showpiece and keep City’s domestic double hopes alive.

Chelsea waste FA Cup chance as Nicolas Jackson lets Man City off the hook

Coventry vs Manchester United

14:04 , Mike Jones

Manchester United have won 13 of their last 15 meetings with Coventry in al competitions (two defeats). This will be the first game between the sides since September 2007 which the Sky Blues won 2-0 at Old Trafford in the League Cup.

Coventry City vs Manchester United

13:57 , Mike Jones

The Coventry City fans will have a fantastic time at Wembley today regardless of the result and have already started to appear in and around the stadium.

Beating Manchester United though will put the icing on the cake for them if their team can pull off a surprising win this afternoon.

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Coventry City vs Manchester United

13:50 , Mike Jones

Coventry City are playing just their second ever FA Cup semi-final having previously beaten Leeds United in the 1986/87 winning cup run.

City have only ever won the FA Cup once but have a 100% win rate at this stage of the competition. Surely a positive sign for the Sky Blues?

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