Essential information for United v Chelsea
Manchester United meet Chelsea for the fourth time this season when we take on Frank Lampard’s men in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final this Sunday.
The game will also represent a brief pause in our Premier League campaign - where United and Chelsea are competing to claim a Champions League spot - and is one of two cup tournaments we’re still involved in, given we also have the resumption of the Europa League to look forward to in August.
Ahead of Sunday’s match, here’s all the need-to-know information…
Sunday’s semi-final showdown will be broadcast live in the UK, on BBC One, with 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 live commentary of the game itself. With fans unable to attend the matches, our Season Ticket holders have been offered free access to MUTV Digital for two months, and can watch match highlights the following day, along with the rest of our exclusive content.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE’S A DRAW?
As with the quarter-final stage, should the teams be tied after 90 minutes on Sunday, the game will be proceeded by 30 minutes of extra time and then, potentially, a penalty shootout. That, obviously, means there will be no replay if the sides draw. Like in the Premier League, managers will also be able to name nine substitutes and can make five changes during the game. However, should the tie go to extra-time, sides can introduce an additional, so sixth, substitute
WHO IS THE REFEREE?
Mike Dean will be the man in the middle at Wembley. The 52-year-old has taken charge of six United games this season, the last of which was our 5-2 victory over Bournemouth earlier this month. Dean has previously refereed an FA Cup semi-final involving the Reds - our 2011 meeting with Manchester City - and Sunday will be the sixth time in the official’s distinguished career that he has overseen a United v Chelsea encounter. Dean’s assistants for the clash are Ian Hussin and Richard West, while Andrew Madley is on fourth-official duty. Michael Oliver will be watching the VAR screens from his Stockley Park base, along with assistant Sian Massey-Ellis.
WHO ELSE IS IN ACTION?
This season’s FA Cup began nearly a year ago and 736 sides have competed in the 2019/20 edition. Now, only four are left: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. The latter two are in action on Saturday as the current holders City take on the competition’s most successful side in the Gunners. Then, the following day, it’s the Reds versus the Blues, also at Wembley…
FA CUP SEMI-FINALS:
SATURDAY 18 JULY
Arsenal v Manchester City (19:45 BST)
SUNDAY 19 JULY
United v Chelsea (18:00 BST)