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21st Apr 2024

Man United fan spends 11 months cycling from Mongolia to watch 3-3 FA Cup semi final thriller

Callum Boyle

What an away day

A Manchester United fan arrived in time for the FA Cup semi final after spending 11 months cycling from Mongolia to see his side play.

Ochirvaani Batbold was snapped on social media after he made the lengthy journey from his homeland and was treated to an absolute spectacle.

Batbold left the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar on May 5 to make the 5,730-mile (9,222km) to Old Trafford and said his journey had been inspired by a personal moment in his life after a hoaxer offered him a non-existent trial with MLS club LA Galaxy.

Journey not made in vein

At one stage it looked like Batbold would be able to relax on the long journey home after United raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes.

While many would be down and out, Coventry fought back and scored three goals, including a stoppage time penalty, to take the game to extra time.

Coventry then thought they had won the game in the last minute of extra time however VAR ruled out the effort for an extremely close offside call.

Unfortunately for the Championship side they were unable to hold their nerve in the shootout and missed two penalties which set United up with a tie against neighbours Manchester United in the final.

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