How United have set a new FA Cup record
Manchester United have set a new record for the most FA Cup semi-final appearances (30), after Saturday’s win against Norwich City.
The match looked destined to be decided by a penalty shootout until Harry Maguire’s 117th-minute strike beat Tim Krul and meant our name will be in the draw for the next round.
Our closest challengers are Arsenal, who have made it to the last four on 29 occasions. With the Gunners in Emirates FA Cup action against Sheffield United at 13:00 BST on Sunday, they would match the Reds’ record with a victory. However, should Chris Wilder’s Blades progress, then United will hold the record outright.
The Gunners have won 20 of their semi-finals; the same as United, although the capital club have claimed the trophy on one more occasion than us.
Also close to the top of the list are Everton, with 26 appearances in the semis, while their Merseyside neighbours Liverpool have played at the same stage 24 times.
Chelsea complete the top five with 23 appearances in the last four, although they could also extend their record with a victory over Leicester City at 16:00 BST on Sunday.
The day’s FA Cup action is rounded up with Manchester City’s trip to the north-east to take on Newcastle United. The clash at St James’ Park starts at 18:30 BST and is the final quarter-final tie of the weekend.
The draw for the semi-finals will take place during the half-time interval of this game, meaning it should begin soon after 19:15 BST.
MOST FA CUP SEMI-FINALS*
Manchester United - 30
Arsenal - 29
Everton - 26
Liverpool - 24
Chelsea - 23
*As of Sunday 28 June, 09:00 BST.
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