Big match preview: FA Cup quarter-final

Friday 19 March 2021 16:00

Manchester United are set to face Leicester City on Sunday, in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Red will be looking to reach the last four of the competition for the third time in four seasons, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hopeful of going all the way this year.

The sides have already met once in 2020/21, when we played out a 2-2 draw on Boxing Day at the King Power Stadium. 

Last season, United won both league games, with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford secured through Marcus Rashford’s penalty, while a 2-0 triumph in Leicester on the final day of the season secured the Reds a third-place finish.

Brendan Rodgers’s Foxes currently sit one spot behind second-placed United in the Premier League table, although they did recently crash out of Europe with a two-legged defeat against Slavia Prague.

Here’s all the key pre-match information you need ahead of Sunday’s quarter-final.
Highlights: Leicester 2 United 2 Video

Highlights: Leicester 2 United 2

Watch all four goals, plus other key moments, from an entertaining 2020/21 draw at the King Power Stadium…


The match kicks off at 17:00 GMT on Sunday and will be live on BBC One. Alternatively, MUTV will have all the build up to the game, half-time analysis and post-match reaction as well as live radio commentary of the match. There will also be a full rerun of the match the next day.


The Reds warmed up for this one with a 1-0 victory in Milan on Thursday, which secured our path to the Europa League quarter-finals. The win means United are now unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions and will look to extend that run when we travel to the King Power. Solskjaer’s men have also won three of the last four and have beaten top-five sides Manchester City and West Ham United in recent weeks.

As for the Foxes, they recorded a 5-0 victory against a struggling Sheffield United side last Sunday, with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a hat-trick in a standout performance. Leicester are unbeaten in three games since consecutive losses at home in February to Slavia Prague and Arsenal.

United have not lost to the Midlands club since September 2014, when a recently promoted Leicester side won 5-3. United have won nine of the past 13 games since then, drawing the other four.

United defeated Watford, Liverpool and West Ham en route to the last eight, with all three games taking place at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Leicester eliminated Stoke City, Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion to set up Sunday’s meeting.


Iheanacho is on great form for Leicester, having scored five in his last three Premier League games. Jamie Vardy is, of course, always a threat for the Foxes and the striker has recently turned provider, with three assists against Sheffield United. Between the sticks, Rodgers can call upon the services of one of the top-flight’s most reliable stoppers in Kasper Schmeichel.

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Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett & Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Darren England
Video Assistant Referee: Stuart Attwell
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Matthew Wilkes


United wrap up this weekend of FA Cup action, when we take on the Foxes. It’s also worth noting there are four Premier League matches this weekend, including Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United v Arsenal. See below for the FA Cup fixtures in full:

Bournemouth v Southampton (12:15 GMT)
Everton v Manchester City (17:30 GMT)


Chelsea v Sheffield United (13:30 GMT)
Leicester City v UNITED (17:00 GMT)