Manchester United's 12 Year FA Cup Television Streak Will Come To An End In January

Manchester United's 12 Year FA Cup Television Streak Will Come To An End In January

For the first time in 12 years, Manchester United's third round tie will not be broadcast on television.

According to the TelegraphThe BBC and BT Sport both declined to take up the option to broadcast their third round tie against Derby County live on one of their channels.

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.

The decision brings an end to United's 12 year run of having their FA Cup games televised - the run lasted 58 matches.

Last year, there was a backlash against the BBC for choosing Man United vs. 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.

Jose Mourinho's side were knocked out at the quarter final stage last season when they were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a tense but ill tempered affair.

The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton will air on the BBC on Friday, 5 January.  The following day they will air the clash of Fleetwood Town or non-league Hereford and Leicester City.


The Telegraph also revealed that Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace will play the first competitive match in England in which video replays will be used to overturn refereeing decisions (VAR). Bizarrely, the Merseyside derby was deemed too big a fixture to test English football's first VAR test.

The rest of the weekend's FA Cup action that will be broadcast is as follows, Norwich City vs. Chelsea (BT) at tea-time on Saturday, while the Sunday will see Shrewsbury vs. West Ham United (BBC) and Nottingham Forest vs. holders Arsenal (BT).

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