Soccer

Arsenal Facing Manchester United at Old Trafford in 6th Round FA Cup

Arsenal Facing Manchester United at Old Trafford in 6th Round FA Cup

arsenal vs liverpool jumping soccer action 2015 images

No replays in the fifth round of the FA Cup and we’re all set for the next round. The draws for the quarter final were determined a little before the tie between Manchester United and Preston North End. As we are reaching the later stages of the tournament, it is getting more and more interesting. On March 9th, we’ll witness two of the most successful teams in the history of the competition go head to head. Yes, Manchester United will host the Gunners at Old Trafford for the sixth round of matches.

The North Londoners and the Manchester giants have won the FA Cup eleven times and both these sides are capable of winning it for the twelfth time. United’s last win in the Cup came in 2004 under Sir Alex Ferguson. Since then they have won almost every possible trophy in their way and it certainly would be the right time to set this record straight. It will also ease the pressure on Louis van Gaal, who is trying to implement his philosophy at the club which is clearly in transition state. Moreover, no player in the current line-up of Manchester United has won this trophy with the 20-time English champions.

On the other hand, Arsenal are the holders of the trophy and they have a very good chance of retaining it this season. Wenger’s men defeated Hull City in last year’s final to end the trophy drought. If they fail to make it in the top four and don’t win a silverware, it could spell the end of Frenchman’s career at the Emirates.

arsenal facing manchester united 2015

In all the clashes between United and Arsenal at Old Trafford since United’s FA Cup win in 2004, Arsenal has won only once. It is quite surprising as Emirates based team is among the top sides in English division and numbers, 12 losses out of 14 matches and one draw, don’t suit their image.

The history suggests that United will cruise past their opponents, but the recent form says Arsenal might go through. The Londoners have picked form off late after a slow start to the season and they are only two points Manchester United on the Premier League table. Man United are getting satisfactory results, but their game play is being touted as monotonous and unattractive. But, all these criticisms don’t matter much to the Dutch manager, Van Gaal and his aim would be a finish in top four and the win at Wembley.

United and Gunners aren’t the only giants remaining in the tournament. Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool are also in hunt for their eighth FA Cup trophy. This trophy is eluding them from 2006, when they won it under Rafa Benitez. It could be the last piece of silverware Steven Gerrard wins with his beloved club and what a great sending off gift it would be!

The aforementioned teams are truly the most successful clubs in England and it will be interesting to see if any of them reaches this 134th FA Cup final in May.

FA Cup is the oldest football tournament in the history of soccer.

Click to add a comment
Soccer
@movietvtechgeek

Luka Alario is our latest Soccer writer who hails from Italy. He's as passionate about Soccer as we are about football so he's a great addition to our sports team.

More in Soccer

manchester citys proves pep guardiola a winning combination 2016 images

Manchester City proves Pep Guardiola a winning combination

Luka AlarioSeptember 30, 2016
pressures on brazils soccer team at rio olympics 2016 images

Pressure’s on Brazil’s soccer team at Rio Olympics

Jackie WarnerAugust 5, 2016
fans hoping lionel messi will reconsider leaving argentina 2016 images

Fans hoping Lionel Messi will reconsider leaving Argentina

Luka AlarioJune 28, 2016
Goal machine lionel Messi leads Argentina to Copa final 2016 images

Goal Machine Lionel Messi breaks record, leading Argentina to Copa Final

Jackie WarnerJune 22, 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic retiring after european championship 2016 images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic retiring after European Championship

Jackie WarnerJune 22, 2016
french police use tear gas on english soccer fans at european championship 2016 images

French police use tear gas on English soccer fans at European Championship

Jackie WarnerJune 15, 2016
ESPN's Athlete Fame list highlights faceless NFL and neymar who 2016 images

ESPN’s Athlete Fame list highlights faceless NFL and Neymar who?

Shane MclendonJune 4, 2016
lionel messi ready for day in court 2016 images

Lionel Messi ready for day in court

Jackie WarnerMay 31, 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends his Paris Saint-Germain career with conquerer message 2016 images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends his Paris Saint-Germain career with conqueror message

Jackie WarnerMay 22, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription