Right then. No mucking about. No messing. Get it done. Get it sorted. Absolutely no room for error. United have one job and one job only: don’t concede in the opening minute.
After that, well, hopefully the momentum from this thundering achievement can roll over into a vaguely competent performance. Much will depend, of course, on which Spurs team turn up. They’ve probably got the edge over United at their best, particularly at their “neutral” home, but they don’t always get there. And they haven’t won an FA Cup semi-final since 1991.
United don’t have any injuries to worry about. However, they do have to struggle with the heavy knowledge that this is, basically, the season right here. Win, and there’s still a chance to get something tangible from a campaign that been sometimes promising, often frustrating. and mostly just weird. Lose, and it’ll be a flat, rancorous end.
And given Jose Mourinho’s evident unhappiness with his squad, there’s likely a couple of futures on the line as well. No pressure, lads. Just go out and enjoy the occasion.
FA Cup schedule
We kick off at 17:15 this afternoon/evening, which works out to 12:15 on the east coast of the USA and a relatively reasonable 9:15 over on the west coast. Good morning to you all. Put those surfboards down and pay attention.
FA Cup TV channel
BBC One over in the UK — always nice to have United on the BBC, isn’t it? — and the FOX Network over in the USA. Everybody else, have a shufti at livesoccertv.
FA Cup streaming
You’ll need the BBC’s iPlayer in the UK, and FOX Sports Go in the USA.
Prediction: You know what? Absolutely no idea. Could be anything. Let’s go with ...
David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba; Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard.
One wrong. Not bad.
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