FA Cup

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FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW: MManchester United face Chelsea while Arsenal take on Manchester City at empty Wembley

Manchester United face Chelsea while Arsenal will play Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The draw features three of the Cup’s four most successful sides, with Arsenal the record 13-time winners.

United, who beat Norwich to reach the last four, have won it 12 times, while Chelsea, who edged past Leicester in the quarter-finals, have eight wins.

Both ties will be played at Wembley on the weekend of 18 and 19 July. The final is scheduled for Saturday, 1 August.

City booked their clash with the Gunners after a Kevin De Bruyne penalty and Raheem Sterling goal saw off Newcastle on Sunday evening.

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Manchester United Reach FA Cup Semi-Finals

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Harry Maguire scored in extra-time winner as a poor Manchester United beat 10-man Norwich 2-1 to book their place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

With penalties looming, the United captain broke the Canaries’ resistance with a drilled close-range effort with two minutes remaining at Carrow Road.

Odion Ighalo had given United the lead early in the second half but Todd Cantwell’s 20-yard drive, and an inspired performance from goalkeeper Tim Krul, forced extra-time after Timm Klose’s dismissal for a last-man challenge on Ighalo.

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Klopp Under Pressure As Liverpool Season Hits Bump

Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend his team-selection on Tuesday night as Liverpool’s dream of a historic Treble was dashed by Chelsea.

Adrian’s calamitous error gifted Willian the opener before Ross Barkley’s marvellous solo effort booked Frank Lampard side’s place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Klopp made seven changes from the side that lost to Watford on Saturday – and included youngsters Neco Williams and Curtis Jones in his starting XI as well as fringe players Adrian, Adam Lallana and Takumi Minamino.

We made seven changes because we knew it would be intense. We made the changes because there would be a lot of sprints because of how Chelsea play in midfield,’ he said.

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Klopp Delighted As Liverpool Kids Progress In FA Cup

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Absent Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was “delighted” as the youngest team in the club’s history beat Shrewsbury to reach the FA Cup fifth round.

Klopp decided to miss the fourth-round replay because it fell during the Premier League’s winter break.

A Reds side with an average age of 19 years and 102 days set up a tie at Chelsea with a 1-0 win.

“There was a message at half-time and at full-time [from Klopp],” said under-23s boss Neil Critchley.

“There was a message before the game that Chelsea away could be an opportunity for one or two of them and they put in a performance tonight.”

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Fenway Sports Back Klopp FA Cup Decision

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Jurgen Klopp has the full backing of the Liverpool hierarchy over his plan to stay away from his club’s FA Cup fourth-round replay with Shrewsbury.

Klopp said after Sunday’s 2-2 draw at the New Meadow that none of his first-team squad would be involved in next week’s game, which will be on either 4 or 5 February, in the middle of the first week of Liverpool’s winter break.

It is understood Klopp has already told his first-team squad they are free to spend next week as they like before returning to training on 10 February.

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Jurgen Klopp says he WON’T manage Liverpool in FA Cup replay

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Jurgen Klopp has said he will not take charge of the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury, with Neil Critchley leading a youth side instead.

The Premier League Champions-Elect were expected to dominate at New Meadow, despite Klopp making 11 changes, but it proved to be the youngsters—and stand-in goalkeeper Adrian—who impressed the most.

Shrewsbury will now head to Anfield for a replay after the 2-2 draw on Sunday, with Klopp still yet to have progressed past the fourth round as Liverpool manager.

The replay is set to be held on February 5/6, disrupting the two-week ‘winter break’.

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Solskjaer Defiant After FA Cup Win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit out at critics who he accused of wanting his team to fail following Manchester United’s 6-0 FA Cup thrashing of Tranmere Rovers on Sunday.

United enjoyed a welcome return to form against lower-league opposition following back-to-back Premier League defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Burnley.

Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, and Anthony Martial all hit in a sparkling first-half performance that saw the Red Devils go into half-time 5-0 up at Prenton Park.

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Ole: We Took A Big Step Backwards Today

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United had taken a ‘big step backwards’ as they crashed out of the FA Cup at Wolves on Saturday night.

Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota clinched a famous 2-1 win to put Wolves into the semis for the first time in 21 years at a jubilant Molineux.

But it inflicted a second defeat in a row on Solskjaer whose bubble is in danger of bursting after United’s best chance of a lifting a trophy under him this season disappeared.

‘It was a big step backwards,’ said the 46-year-old Norwegian, who suffered his first Premier League defeat at Arsenal last weekend.

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Pochettino: Winning Trophies Not Important

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the winning a domestic trophy will not help Spurs reach the “last level” after seeing his team knocked out of a second domestic cup competition in four days.

A side sporting seven changes from the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea on Thursday was knocked out of the FA Cup 2-0 at the hands of Crystal Palace, leaving Spurs, wounded by fatigue and injury, to concentrate on their Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund and, realistically, a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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Arsene Wenger Slams Players After FA Cup Defeat

Arsene Wenger angrily blamed his players for Arsenal’s FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest, admitting the Championship side were better in every area.

Wenger made nine changes to his team but insisted it contained enough quality to beat Forest and reserved criticism for his senior players.

‘We were not good enough anywhere, not up front, in the middle, at the back and we paid for it,’ said Wenger. ‘They looked sharper.

‘I understand the selection will be questioned but we had eight or nine experienced internationals on the pitch, with all respect against a Championship team, and that would be the wrong excuse.