The clear moves in the right direction under the 46-year-old means he is the man charged with taking Spurs to their new stadium and finally ending that barren spell.
Subs: Darmian (5), Fellaini (n/a), Rashford (5).
His passing from midfield was mostly purposeful and risk-free and was an important aspect of Spurs' dominance in the early stages of the semi-final.
Subs not used: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Lamela.
Christian Eriksen (7.5/10): Produced a truly stunning assist for Dele Alli's opener but other than that, the Danish global failed to lay his mark on the game.
Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera were all enormous, but it was Sanchez who earned most of the plaudits. Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw were omitted from the squad completely.
Failing to fully capitalise upon being in the ascendancy was foolhardy in the extreme from Mauricio Pochettino's side. Sanchez also had a hand in that score.
United, however, weathered the storm and were level after 24 minutes.
With both sides needing the FA Cup as silverware salvation this season, a tense, negative affair had been predicted by many.
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"We are in a process and we arrived in the semi-final and we were competitive in the Champions League and competitive in the Premier League, but I think it is not enough".
As for Man United, Jose Mourinho has likely bought himself more time at the club with a third straight season making a final. Another Jose Mourinho season and another potential trophy. We deserved it. If we split the match into periods, we were the best team for many of these periods. "But the second half was quite calm because we had the feeling it would be very hard to lose the game and most probably we would win it".
And Mourinho said: 'I told Alexis the same as I told Paul a couple of weeks ago.
"Since the equaliser in the first-half he has been terrific".
Rather than go back to Manchester after their game on the south coast, the decision was made to stay in London - something that Mourinho feels was crucial to their comeback victory at Wembley. During his Arsenal career, the Chilean often reserved his best for games against Spurs or at Wembley, and a combination of the two saw him rekindle his form of old.
The Frenchman kept finding pockets of space to operate in, produced excellent passes to set up the rest of his attackers, drove United forward with his running, and defended well.