Provisional Emirates FA Cup dates announced
The provisional dates for the 2019/20 Emirates FA Cup have been released, with the tournament set to get under way again towards the end of June.
Manchester United are one of the eight teams competing to lift the trophy, with the final now not due to be staged until 1 August, following the pause in action due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reds had been drawn away to Norwich City in the quarter-final, a game that will now take place on either 27/28 June.
United defeated Wolves, after a replay, in the third round before a comprehensive 6-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers. A 3-0 win at Wayne Rooney's Derby County followed in the last-16 stage, with the team still to concede a goal in the competition.
There is a determination throughout the squad to go all the way and win the FA Cup this season, and therefore match Arsenal's record of 13 successes. The last time we won it was in 2016, when Jesse Lingard scored an extra-time winner against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
The other three ties at the last-eight stage are Leicester City v Chelsea, Newcastle United v Manchester City and Sheffield United v Arsenal. All eight sides remaining in the hunt for the trophy are Premier League outfits.
The FA has stated that venues and timings will be announced at a later date, and this initial scheduling could still be subject to change.
“We are pleased to agree the provisional restart date for the 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup,”said FA chief executive officer, Mark Bullingham.
“The competition has been an integral part of the English football calendar for nearly 150 years, and we’d like to thank the Premier League executive and clubs for their support in scheduling the remaining matches during this unprecedented time.
“This has been a difficult period for many people and, while this is a positive step, the restart date is dependent on all safety measures being met. The health and well-being of players, staff and supporters remains our priority.”
EMIRATES FA CUP SCHEDULE
Quarter-finals: Saturday 27 June & Sunday 28 June
Semi-finals: Saturday 18 July & Sunday 19 July
Final: Saturday 1 August
Dates could be subject to change.