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PICTURE SPECIAL - Louis van Gaal hails his Wembley heroes

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal revelled in the joy of his greatest moment as the club's manager, after his side snatched a last gasp winner to beat Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

A stoppage-time goal from Anthony Martial sent Manchester United into their first FA Cup final in nine years as they beat Everton at Wembley.

Louis van Gaal's side dominated the first half of an entertaining semi-final and deservedly led through former Toffee Marouane Fellaini - only for Everton to come back after the break, Romelu Lukaku seeing his penalty saved before Chris Smalling's own-goal levelled the tie.

But it was left for Martial to provide the heroics and score with a cool finish with just moments remaining to seal a 2-1 win for the Red Devils.

"It's fantastic. When you see the joy in the eyes of the players it is fantastic to see but also for the fans," said Van Gaal.

"I think we deserved to go to the final. I think the referee... we didn't have any fouls in our benefit. He changed the match I think. We had so many chances. We could have finished it much better.

"Everton came in the match because they get all the fouls. And then the fans of Everton were cheering. In the first half – no [they weren't]. The referees are deciding the game and not the players any more."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez lamented a defeat that may well spell the end of his tenure as the club's manager.

"It is a hard result to take. Over the 90 minutes we at least deserved the right to go into extra time," said the Spaniard. 

"We were a little sluggish in the first half but we got the equaliser but to concede in injury time is a blow nobody deserved.

"I thought the fight we showed was really strong, a team with incredible togetherness. The support we had behind us was terrific. We coped with the tough period in the first half and we were strong mentality to cope. 

"The longer the game went on, the bigger chance we had. The game was going our way, the chances were coming and I felt we were the stronger team. It is tough to lose a semi-final because the feeling is a very undeserved feeling.

"If you are going to lose a tie that is the way you lose it, creating chances and in the second half we were the better side.

"There was no comparison between today and Anfield. Everything that goes wrong can go wrong but today was the opposite. We reacted with an incredible fight and togetherness. The performance was a typical Everton response."