FA Cup Preview: Man Utd v Chelsea

Sunday’s semi-final game will be broadcasted live in the UK, on BBC One, with a kick-off set for 18:00 BST. MUTV subscribers can watch exclusive build-up in the Match Day Live show from 16:55 BST, followed by commentary of the game itself. In the US fans can see the game on Fox Sports at 1 pm ET.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that defender Luke Shaw will miss Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea. Shaw was injured against his former club Southampton on Monday. He and his replacement Brandon Williams were subsequently ruled out of the win at Crystal Palace on Thursday. The referee will be Mike Dean.

The boss hopes that Williams will recover from his facial injury that he sustained against the Saints in time to be considered for this weekend. Tim Fosu-Mensah did a good job of filling in at Selhurst Park and already has the experience of playing in the last-four tie of the competition, against Everton in 2016.

“Luke will be out,” the boss told us. “I can’t see him recovering. Brandon will hopefully be okay, he’ll try to join training today with his eye. We’ll see if he can see the ball when he comes in! He should be fine.”

Sergio Romero has been preferred for the FA Cup games this season, while Odion Ighalo has shown his worth in attack in previous rounds. Solskjaer suggested he had it in mind to select a similar team to the one on duty at Derby County in early March, perhaps hinting at a trend with his selection for this competition.

Jesse Lingard came off the bench at Palace and, particularly considering his record at Wembley, he could come into the frame for a starting spot.

“The team is not selected yet and that goes for Jesse and Sergio,” insisted the manager later in his press conference. “They’ve got a good chance of being involved, so we’ll make a decision on that later on.”


Blues Boss Frank Lampard has ruled N’Golo Kante out of the Wembley encounter, with youngster Billy Gilmour also still missing. Like Ole, Lampard has some key decisions to make over his selection with a crucial Premier League fixture taking place at Anfield on Wednesday, when Liverpool will receive the trophy.

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