Wigan Athletic sure fought bravely - but in the end it did not prove enough to overcome their Premier League opposition in Arsenal.
For one player who featured for Wigan in this game it was a meeting with The Gunners he hopes will be the first of many.
Nick Powell came on in the second half, quite surprisingly for the outstanding Callum McManaman, giving many a Manchester United fan their first real glimpse of what he is made of.
Signed from Crewe in 2012 for a fee in the region of £6 million - his last visit to Wembley saw him smash in a delightful volley against Cheltenham Town. On this occasion he was tasked with something different.
Powell is a midfielder. Sort of in the Frank Lampard mould rather than your Paul Scholes - he is not an out-and-out striker.
But Uwe Rosler put him up top - hoping he could use his size to hold up the ball and keep Wigan up the pitch once they had gotten out of their own half.
So how did he get on?
Well, in honesty, it was hard to tell.
He was flung into very difficult circumstances in a position, he has admittedly played before, that is not his own and asked to conquer two defenders going to the World Cup this summer with designs on bringing home a winners medal.
It was an inconsistent performance from the 20-year-old lad. At times his tough looked clumsy, he himself did not inspire confidence in the physical form and his decision making was not shrewd.
That being said he did also have flashes of brilliance. The odd touch here or there, the ability in the air and then there was his surprising turn of pace for one so big.
His decision making let him down - he should have taken the ball into the box and forced a challenge from Arsenal.
But he is just 20-years-old - and this was a great learning curve.
Not much can be learned from an FA Cup cameo at Wembley. Another loan spell or being thrown in at the United deep end next season - I am not sure it would make a difference either way.
His performance was average, up-and-down, but also skewed by the job he was asked to do.
And that appears to be the consensus from Twitter.
Here is some reaction to his performance…
Some United fans tweeting about Nick Powell, judging him after 10 mins as a sub in a FA Cup semi-final...are you fools for real?— Adam McKola (@AdamMcKola) April 12, 2014
Anyone who judges Nick Powell after a cameo appearance in the FA cup is deluded. The kid is going to be a star. Give him time.— Lewis (@PickThePass) April 13, 2014
Hope nick powell gets his chance next season, unbelievable talent!— Reef Jones (@Reefjones97) April 12, 2014
You can't judge nick Powell on today's performance it is not easy coming off the bench but if you don't get in to wigan's starting 11?— Nigel Bunsell (@nigelred1) April 12, 2014
So some United fans are judging Nick Powell after today's game & saying he's not good enough, wow just wow. You should all be managers!— Egill Gudjohnsen (@Egill_MUFC) April 12, 2014
Not impressed with Nick Powell, there's a reason players are sent out on loan, they're not good enough, & he ain't good enough by a mile.— Martyn Green (@matbe7) April 12, 2014
Nick Powell played shit, hope he doesn't come back— Dare To Welbeck (@Welbuzaj) April 12, 2014
Although I think Nick Powell is good. I don't think he is ready to play cm for us next season.— Donny (@watsdamata) April 12, 2014
Nick Powell does look like a good prospect for the future. Great control. Probably will get a look in the #mufc starting XI next season.— Alloysius D'souza (@alloyrocker) April 12, 2014
Disappointed with what I saw of Nick Powell. Didn't look 'Premier League.' #MUFC— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) April 12, 2014
Am I the only united fan who thinks nick Powell did absolutely nothing when he came on haha people raving about him— Seán O'Keeffe (@seany_phresh) April 12, 2014
So, Nick Powell did nothing tonight, little disappointed after all I had heard and watched him at the start of the season.— Joseph Sathya Kumar (@willowkiller) April 12, 2014