Manchester United's 12-year run of televised FA Cup games to end

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

"The trialling of the VAR system in this season's Emirates FA Cup from the third round is a continuation of that and further demonstrates that whilst being the most famous and historic domestic cup competition in the world it is also modern, progressive and innovative".

This brings an end to United's 12-year run of having their FA Cup games televised live - a run that lasted 58 matches.

Incredibly, the last time a Man United game was not broadcast on television was in 2005, when Alex Ferguson's team were froze with the spotlight off and were somehow held to a goalless draw with Conference side Exeter City at Old Trafford. Since September past year, United have gone 39 games unbeaten at Old Trafford, setting a new club record in the process. Reading ahead of Sutton United's more romantic encounter with AFC Wimbledon, and it would appear that this time they have bowed to public pressure.

Last season they fell at the quarter-final stage when Chelsea edged an ill-tempered clash 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.


The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton will air on the BBC on Friday, 5 January.

Fleetwood Town or Hereford will play Leicester City in the early kick-off on Saturday, January 6, and BT Sport will show the rivalry match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace on Monday, January 8, to finish off the weekend's action.

The Merseyside derby - undoubtedly the tie of the round - will be BBC's opening pick on Friday 5, followed by League One Fleetwood Town or non-league Hereford v Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime. Wales will show Newport County's fixture at home to Leeds United on the same day, while BBC One will have Joe Hart's potential return to former club Shrewsbury Town with West Ham at 2pm.

BT Sport are showing Chelsea's visit to Norwich City later that evening, and on Sunday they'll air Nottingham Forest v Arsenal.

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