Central defender Damien Delaney was philosophical in defeat as the Eagles fell to the Red Devils in their second FA Cup Final meeting in 26 years, losing 2-1 after extra time at Wembley.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” said the Cork-born defender. “They played better than us today so I’ve got no complaints.
“We came up short here today and being 10 minutes away from an FA Cup winner’s medal is hard to take.
“It’s a game of football and we wanted to win, but it wasn’t to be - we played our hardest.”
After the Palace opening goal, Delaney urged his teammates to calm their nerves and focus on holding their lead, but two minutes later Juan Mata equalised before a Jesse Lingard strike 10 minutes from the end of extra time sealed United’s victory.
“I didn’t want people to get too excited and too ahead of themselves,” said Delaney after he gestured to his teammates to relax after going 1-0 up. “It didn’t work though as we conceded two minutes later - and there was a danger that they might snatch it and you end up losing it.
“Their equalising goal went in and it was a touch unfortunate,” he continued. “It was a good cross; the one time that we didn’t follow Fellaini or someone didn’t do something he managed to get in one time and dropped his man and Wardy done his best on the line.
“When it went into extra time I thought we could do this but then Lingard pops up and does what he does and that’s the winner.
“It wasn’t to be; it was in our grasp and I’m glad that I got to take part in the final, but I wanted to win it but I didn’t get to.
“I’m old enough to know you don’t always get what you want.”