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●● dif­fer­ence and the Basque has this week risen to the heights of last sea­son when he was touted as a fu­ture cap­tain.

This was also an­other tri­umph for Mour­inho against Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, whose fourth sea­son is to end tro­phy­less.

The ram­i­fi­ca­tions of that could be se­vere in the sum­mer and there was some dev­il­ment about United’s win­ner, where they ex­posed the sus­pect Davin­son Sanchez, ques­tion­ably se­lected ahead of the fit Toby Alder­weireld. Alder­weireld could join United in the sum­mer.

This semi-fi­nal started at a breath­less and bril­liant pace.

In the 11th minute the Reds, at­tempt­ing to pre­vent Tot­ten­ham from play­ing out from the back, had Her­rera pushed high up the pitch but that is un­likely to have been left­back Ash­ley Young’s re­mit. The 32-year-old got too ahead of him­self – lit­er­ally – and Chris­tian Erik­sen had a free run down the right be­fore he whipped the ball in for Dele Alli to steer past David de Gea.

United were not be­hind for long. Pogba saw-off the mus­cu­lar Mousa Dem­bele on the far side, lifted his head, no­ticed Sanchez and plucked out the sand wedge. The pre­ci­sion was per­fect and the striker fin­ished deftly on 24 min­utes.

Spurs, mind­ful of United’s re­cent re­cov­er­ies and the vic­tims of a cou­ple them­selves this cen­tury, must have felt a pang of re­gret at not ex­tend­ing their ad­van­tage. They were a width of a post away from re­gain­ing the lead when Eric Dier’s stop­page-time ef­fort grazed Chris Smalling and trick­led onto the up­right.

Mour­inho’s game-man­age­ment told af­ter half­time, the tempo was re­duced from chaotic to calm and United’s de­fen­sive shape was no longer dis­jointed.

The Reds tar­geted Davin­son Sanchez in last year’s Eu­ropa League fi­nal de­feat of Ajax by al­low­ing him to have the ball on the deck, and at Wem­b­ley they over­came him in the air. The Colom­bian missed De Gea’s punt, Alexis Sanchez ran in be­hind to feed the ball to Her­rera and the come­back was com­pleted.

Lads, it’s Tot­ten­ham.

An­der Her­rera cel­e­brates with Jesse Lin­gard af­ter scor­ing United’s win­ner

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