Martinez: Everton, Not United, Deserve FA Cup Final Place

Martinez: Everton, Not United, Deserve FA Cup Final Place

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stated that Everton and not Manchester United deserve to be in the final of the FA Cup.

The Toffees could not replicate their 2009 FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester United, as a stoppage-time goal by Anthony Martial sealed the win for Louis Van Gaal’s side.

Former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini had given United the lead before Chris Smalling’s own-goal brought Everton back into the game.

Commenting after the game, Martinez, who has been under criticism of late from Everton fans, following his team’s poor results, described the FA Cup loss as disappointing.

“The feeling we share are as cruel as football can be. We took 45 minutes to get our rhythm but created the first half’s best chances,” Martinez said.

“In the second half we built an incredible tempo, we had the penalty, and scored a goal.

“But that’s where the story became heart-breaking. We conceded the goal and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

“It was a major, major disappointment.”