Manchester United won their first trophy of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era yesterday as Jesse Lingard’s extra-time winner secured them an FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace.
And another new era looks poised to begin at Old Trafford next season, with BBC Sport reporting that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to replace Louis van Gaal next week.
Here are five things that the soon-to-be Red Devils boss may have learned from their Wembley triumph…
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Rooney’s future lies in midfield
Lingard may have been United’s hero, but Rooney was man of the match following an excellent performance pulling the strings from a deep-lying midfield role. That is where his future lies.
Rashford is the real deal
Yet again the 18-year-old was not overawed by the occasion as he produced a very bright display. Mourinho has arguably held youngsters back previously, but must allow Rashford to flourish.
David de Gea is irreplaceable
The Red Devils needed the goalkeeper to save them with a crucial stop from Dwight Gayle. He is United’s best player and they must ward off any interest from Real Madrid during the transfer window.
Carrick is worth keeping
The midfielder, 34, is out of contract in the summer and an extension is not forthcoming, according to The Sun. If he is deemed good enough to start an FA Cup final while Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera sit on the bench, then he is worth keeping and Mourinho should make it happen.
He must bring attractive football
Winning the FA Cup was not enough to save Van Gaal because his style of football has been so boring. Mourinho must bring adventure back to United’s play or risk never truly winning over the fans.
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