FA Cup

0 Half Time 0
Round 3
Old Trafford


    • KICK OFF
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      Sheffield United work the ball around well inside the Manchester United half of the pitch as they attempt to break forward on a rare attack. The ball is eventually worked out to Brayford, who gets into a good position on the right wing before curling a cross towards Sharp, but it's sent too near to
    • 90'
      You've got to feel sorry for Sheffield United, who had played so well since then but were let down at the last moment by a clumsy decision inside the penalty area. The visitors are now trying their hardest to push forward on what will surely be their last attacking move of the game, but it looks as
    • 45'
      Martial is tripped over by Coutts, resulting in a free kick for Manchester United on the left flank, deep inside the Sheffield United half of the pitch. Mata cuts it back to Blind, who is waiting unmarked on the edge of the penalty area, but the Dutchman ends up blasting his first-time strike well o
    • 90'
      GOAL! Rooney steps up and beats Long with a great penalty that sends the goalkeeper the wrong way before finding the bottom left-hand side of the net. The captain showed nerves of steel then and has surely saved his side from what would have been an awful draw.
    • 90'
      PENALTY! Manchester United have been handed a lifeline late on! Depay breaks into the left-hand side of the Sheffield United penalty area after embarking on a great run down the wing, and just as he's about to cross he's brought down by a clumsy sliding challenge from Hammond, who brings the Dutchma
    • 90'
      SI M. Done SO Ander Herrera
    • 90'
      Sheffield United have made their final alteration of the evening, with Done coming on to replace the injured Sammon.
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      The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
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      A few boos ring around Old Trafford as the two teams make their way off the pitch, and Louis van Gaal looks less than impressed with what he's seen thus far. His side have lacked the intensity needed to beat a well-organised and resolute Sheffield United side, and as a result they have failed to tes
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      A mixture of boos and sarcastic cheers greet the Manchester United players as they make their way off the pitch, and they will be the first to admit that they underperformed today. They arguably didn't deserve the victory after performing so poorly against a strong and well-organised Sheffield Unite
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      A mixture of boos and sarcastic cheers greets the Manchester United players as they make their way off the pitch. They will be the first to admit that that was a very poor performance from them, and they are incredibly lucky to leave with a victory under their belts. If it wasn't for a clumsy slidin
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      The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
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      Meanwhile, Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins has named an unchanged side to the one that started the defeat at home to Peterborough, with striker Billy Sharp, who has scored four times in as many games, leading the line alongside on-loan Republic of Ireland international Conor Sammon.
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      Louis van Gaal has decided to make three changes to the Manchester United side that started the aforementioned win against Swansea, with Matteo Darmian, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Marouane Fellaini coming into the starting line-up to replace Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Morgan Schneiderlin.
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      Sheffield United substitutes: Howard, Flynn, Reed, Campbell-Ryce, Adams, Done, Baxter.
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      Sheffield United XI (4-4-2): Long; Brayford, Edgar, Collins, McEveley; Coutts, Basham, Hammond, Woolford; Sammon, Sharp.
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      Manchester United substitutes: Romero, McNair, Varela, Pereira, Lingard, Depay, Keane.
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      Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Fellaini, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Martial; Rooney.
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      There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
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      Sheffield United may head to Old Trafford as underdogs but they have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their chances of success. The Blades were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Peterborough United in their last outing but before that they had been defeated just once in their previous eight games, the
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      After a miserable month, last weekend saw Manchester United return to winning ways with a narrow victory against struggling Swansea City, bringing to an end a poor run of form that saw them fail to win a single time in eight games. Over the course of that run things were beginning to slowly improve,
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      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s FA Cup third round game between Manchester United and Sheffield United at Old Trafford.
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      And we're off! Manchester United get us underway, attacking from left to right.
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      Sheffield United quickly win the ball from the restart before earning themselves a free kick near the halfway line. It's sent out to the left wing, where Woolford battles with Darmian before whipping a low cross into the penalty area. It's well hit but ends up bouncing to De Gea, who is easily able
    • 4'
      After a patient start to the game, Schweinsteiger picks up the ball midway inside the hosts' half of the pitch and immediately launches a lofted pass over to Darmian on the right wing. The full-back brings it down well before trying to take on McEveley, but the left-back comes out on top before play
    • 6'
      Borthwick-Jackson embarks on a marauding run down the left flank before teeing up Martial, who then darts into the Sheffield United penalty area. He tries to beat Brayford but is dispossessed by the full-back at the vital moment, and the defender plays the ball off the Frenchman to earn his side a g
    • 8'
      After a lengthy build-up, Mata eventually tries to pick out Martial with a curling cross from 30 yards out. It's well hit but the Frenchman is unable to reach it, resulting in the ball bouncing out for a Sheffield United goal kick.
    • 10'
      The hosts lose the ball in the centre of the pitch, allowing Sheffield United, who have enjoyed a solid start to the game, to push forward on an attacking move of their own. They briefly play the ball back to Collins, who then launches it up towards Sharp, but the striker is out-muscled by Smalling,
    • 12'
      Borthwick-Jackson does well to get down the left wing before blasting a low cross into the heart of the Sheffield United penalty area. It's well hit with plenty of power but Edgar is able to get a foot on it to stop it from finding a red shirt in front of goal.
    • 14'
      Once again, Borthwick-Jackson breaks down the left flank, and this time he's able to win his side a corner. It's whipped towards the far post, where it finds Fellaini, but the big Belgian is unable to guide it towards goal and it's cut out by Brayford on the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 16'
      It's been a difficult opening quarter-of-an-hour for Manchester United, who are finding it difficult to break down a well-organised Sheffield United side. The visitors are sitting incredibly deep inside their own half of the pitch and, so far, have found it easy to deal with the hosts' slow attackin
    • 18'
      Chance for Sammon! A long kick from Long flies up to the edge of the Manchester United penalty area, where it finds the aforementioned striker. He brings the ball down well before testing De Gea with a thumping half-volley, but just as the Spaniard tips the strike over the top of the crossbar the re
    • 20'
      Almost a great opportunity for Manchester United! Darmian picks out Rooney with an excellent pass, and the captain then skips past the sliding figure of Long before spinning and assessing his options. With only Mata inside the penalty area he tries to quickly cut the ball back to the Spaniard, but h
    • 22'
      Coutts charges down the right wing before firing a bouncing cross into the middle of the Manchester United box, and Darmian, despite being under little pressure, decides to head it out for a corner. The resulting set-piece is curled towards the near post and looks set to test De Gea, but Fellaini is
    • 23'
      After dealing with the set-piece, Manchester United immediately attempt to break away on a quick counter-attack. They initially do so well before sending the ball over to Martial on the left flank, where the pace of the attacking move breaks down and allows Sheffield United to fly back before easily
    • 25'
      Basham picks up the ball midway inside the Manchester United half of the pitch and immediately flies forward on a marauding run towards the hosts' penalty area. He initially does well to nutmeg Smalling but the centre-back recovers quickly before regaining possession and thumping the ball back up th
    • 27'
      Mata and Darmian link up well on the right flank before the latter curls a dangerous cross into the middle of the penalty area. Rooney breaks forward in an attempt to reach it with his head but he's beaten to it by Brayford, who then does well to head the ball away from danger and out to the left wi
    • 29'
      Once again, a slow and lacklustre attacking move from Manchester United comes through Darmian, who pushes towards the byline before trying to find Herrera. The Italian sends a low pass into the box and towards the near post but it's easy for Collins to deal with, and he's comfortably able to out-mus
    • 31'
      This time Manchester United try to work their way down the left flank, but Borthwick-Jackson's run is slightly mistimed and, as a result, the linesman's flag is quickly raised. It's been a difficult half-an-hour for the hosts and the home fans are starting to get slightly frustrated as a result.
    • 33'
      Fellaini drifts out to the right wing as he attempts to find a way past McEveley, but, like Darmian, the Belgian is unable to do so as he spends far too long on the ball before being dispossessed by the left-back, who has had an easy evening thus far.
    • 35'
      Great goalkeeping by Long! Herrera picks up the ball in a pocket of space 25 yards away from the Sheffield United goal and immediately threads a lovely through-ball into the penalty area. Rooney darts into the box in an attempt to latch onto it, but the visitors' goalkeeper is there to dart out and
    • 36'
      Another good chance for Manchester United! This time it's Blind who picks up the ball in space before taking the Sheffield United defence by surprise with a lofted pass forward. It meets Schweinsteiger in front of goal, but the German decides to bring it down instead of heading it first time and, as
    • 38'
      Boos are starting to ring around Old Trafford as the home fans become inceasingly frustrated with what they're seeing. Manchester United are enjoying the vast majority of possession but are doing very little with it, as their slow attacking moves have all been comfortably dealt with by the visitors.
    • 40'
      Hammond shoulder-barges Mata and gives away a free kick to Manchester United in a dangerous position on the left flank. The hosts look to take it quickly but are unable to do so as Coutts immediately drops to the floor injured.
    • 42'
      After receiving medical treatment for a few moments, Coutts gingerly makes his way off the pitch and Manchester United are able to take the free kick. They play it short before Blind tries to tee up Herrera on the edge of the penalty area, but his pass is far too heavy and, as a result, the Spaniard
    • 44'
      An attempted clearance from Collins bounces into the hands of Basham, resulting in a free kick for Manchester United in an incredibly dangerous position 25 yards away from the Sheffield United goal. The captain steps up and unleashes a thumping strike, but it's poorly hit and fails to beat the wall
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 48'
      Manchester United slowly try to work their way towards the Sheffield United penalty area, but, as was the case in the first half, they are far too slow with the ball at their fault and, as a result, are forced to take their time with their attacking move. They eventually work it out to Mata, who the
    • 50'
      Once again, Manchester United repeat the pattern that has so far failed to result in any chances on goal. This time it's Schweinsteiger who attempts to find a red shirt with a cross into the box, but it's poorly hit and sails safely into the hands of Long.
    • 52'
      Fellaini has pushed into a more advanced position after failing to find much joy in the first half, and at the moment he's camped himelf inside the Sheffield United penalty area. As a result his teammates are trying to pick him out with crosses, but all of them so far have been poor and have failed
    • 54'
      A poor pass from Mata sends the ball straight to Basham, who immediately flings a lofted pass into the path of Sharp. The striker has no white shirts around him but does well to hold up the ball before bringing Coutts into play, and the winger then beats Schweinsteiger with ease before trying to sen
    • 56'
      Manchester United knock the ball from one flank to the other as they attempt to find a way into the Sheffield United penalty area, but Martial eventually knocks a cross off Collins and out for a corner. It fails to trouble the visitors and eventually falls to Herrera, who then curls a misplaced cros
    • 58'
      It looks as if Louis van Gaal has had enough with what he has seen so far and he's going to make a double substitution. With Manchester United lacking pace in the final third, it seems as if he's going to send on Lingard and Depay for the final half-an-hour.
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      SI J. Lingard SO Ander Herrera
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      SI M. Depay SO Ander Herrera
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      Meanwhile, Lingard comes on to replace Herrera, who has had a very disappointing game.
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      It's Mata who will be replaced, and he makes his way off the pitch for Depay.
    • 62'
      Sheffield United slowly but surely work their way down the right flank as they aim to start putting Manchester United under more pressure inside their own half of the pitch. Over the past five minutes the visitors have started pushing further forward, and they obviously sense that their time is now.
    • 64'
      SI R. Flynn SO Ander Herrera
    • 64'
      Sheffield United have decided to make their first change of the game, with Sharp making way for Flynn.
    • 66'
      Great strike by Memphis! The Dutchman, who is clearly frustrated at not being able to find a way into the Sheffield United penalty area, cuts inside from the left wing before unleashing a thumping shot. It's well hit and beats Long before flying past the near post, and it's welcomed by ironic cheers
    • 68'
      And now it's Basham who has a go from 25 yards out, but the Sheffield United midfielder's low strike is hit with less venom than Depay's and, as a result, is easily dealt with by De Gea. That was the first shot on target all game thus far, which, with three-quarters of the game gone, is a quite rema
    • 70'
      Great run by Depay! The Dutchman, who has made a good impact since coming onto the pitch, twists and turns on the left wing before cutting into the penalty area and sending in a low cross, but it's cut out by Edgar at the vital moment, resulting in a corner for the hosts.
    • 72'
      Fellaini cuts inside from the right wing before firing a low cross that results in another corner for Manchester United. This time it's flung into the middle of the box, where it finds Smalling, but the centre-back is unable to direct his header towards goal, despite his best efforts.
    • 74'
      Fellaini picks up the ball on the edge of the Sheffield United penalty area before cutting it back to Schweinsteiger, who immediately unleashes a thumping low strike. It's completely mishit, however, and misses the visitors' goal by quite some distance before flying out for a goal kick.
    • 76'
      It could be a long final quarter-of-an-hour for the Sheffield United players, who are starting to look tired, and understandably so. They've put in a great defensive shift thus far and have done well to keep Manchester United at bay, even if the hosts have failed to put the League One side under eno
    • 78'
      SI Andreas Pereira SO Ander Herrera
    • 78'
      SI L. Reed SO Ander Herrera
    • 78'
      Manchester United have made their final change of the game, with Fellaini making way for Pereira.
    • 79'
      Meanwhile, Reed has come on to replace McEveley, who has picked up an injury, for Sheffield United.
    • 81'
      Great defending by Sheffield United! A lofted pass from Pereira finds Lingard, who immediately cuts it back to Martial. The Frenchman tries to shoot but is quickly cut down by the visitors' centre-backs, resulting in the ball rolling out to Schweinsteiger. The German also attempts to shoot but a blo
    • 83'
      After a lengthy period on the ground receiving medical treatment, Schweinsteiger is finally able to get back on his feet and gingerly make his way off the pitch for further inspection. Manchester United have already used all of their substitutions, so it will be interesting to see whether or not he'
    • 85'
      Play gets underway once again and Manchester United try to push forward on a quick attacking move. Martial does well to bring the ball down on the right flank before being clipped by Reed, resulting in a free kick for the hosts.
    • 86'
      Two good chances for Manchester United! The resulting set-piece is poorly cleared before reaching Martial, who immediately unleashes a thumping shot that is deflected off Brayford and away from danger. The ball then bounces to Smalling, but the defender completely miskicks and, as a result, ends up
    • 88'
      Once again, Depay twists and turns on the left flank before cutting inside and unleashing a fierce strike from 25 yards out. It's well hit but fails to trouble Long, who is easily able to deal with the danger from aeguably the only Manchester United player on the pitch who is finding any joy in fron
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be six minutes of added time.

    Line Up




    Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    Chris Wilder



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 6 12
    Yellow Cards 0 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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