Sunderland hero Mannone: We deserved to get to Wembley

Party time as Vito Mannone celebrates with Craig Gardner and Steven Fletcher after knocking out Manchester United
Party time as Vito Mannone celebrates with Craig Gardner and Steven Fletcher after knocking out Manchester United
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Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone insists the Black Cats deserved to reach Wembley.

The former Arsenal, who saved the decisive penalty from Rafael as Sunderland edged home 2-1 on penalties after the semi-final against Manchester United ended 3-3 on aggregate, said: “Unbelievable, just unbelievable. I just want to celebrate with my team-mates.

“We deserved to get to the final.”

Sunderland will meet Manchester City in the final at Wembley on Sunday, March 2 (2pm).

*Don’t miss tomorrow’s Sunderland Echo for the biggest and best coverage of the semi-final drama