Ashley Young has reflected on what it means to win the FA Cup with Manchester United, following a difficult season.
He has revealed what an important role the fans played in the victory and how bonkers he went when Jesse Lingard scored the winning goal.
“We hadn’t won the competition for many years and it’s great to get our hands on the trophy. The boys had to dig deep especially with Chris getting sent off but we were fantastic and we managed to get the result we wanted.
That was down to that character and spirit we’ve always had, everyone wants to fight for each other. It was tough when we went down to ten men, but we knew what we had to do and we knew we’d get a chance at some point and Jesse’s strike was unbelievable, I don’t think any keeper would have saved that.
It was great to celebrate with the fans. They’ve always been fantastic throughout my time here, they follow us up and down the country and without them on Saturday it might not have been possible. They were fantastic again. I nearly lost my voice because I was screaming and shouting that much when Jesse scored! My legs were going but I found the energy to run and over and celebrate. That feeling was amazing.
We looked up and saw there was about 10 minutes left and I think I was the one who kept asking the ref, ‘How long, how long?’ every minute! When he blew the whistle you could see the joy and delight on everyone’s faces.”