Soccer: Sanchez could debut in FA Cup as Mourinho reaches 100 mark
(Reuters) – New Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez might make his debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup 4th round on Friday, before Tottenham Hotspur will be out to prevent a disturbed versus another fourth-tier side in Newport County a day later on.
Having missed out on Arsenal’s third-round defeat at Nottingham Forest, United’s new No. 7 prevented being cup-tied for the remainder of this season’s competitors, and might include at Huish Park in Jose Mourinho’s 100th match in charge.
The journey to Somerset will recognize to some United fans, after the 12-time FA Cup winners, under former supervisor Louis van Gaal, laboured to a 2-0 success over Yeovil in the third round in January 2015.
Having been pushed all the method by Bristol City in their League Cup semi-final second leg victory previously today, Premier League leaders Manchester City face another Championship side in Cardiff City on Sunday.
The Welsh side are unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitors, and have previous against a top-flight City side, having knocked them out in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 1994, while in England’s third-tier.
Another upset could happen at Rodney Parade on Saturday as League 2 clothing Newport County welcome Tottenham to south Wales.
This is the very first time these two groups have faced each other since successive FA Cup meetings in 1959 and 1960, with Spurs winning both games, scoring 4 in each.
It is Yeovil, nevertheless, who might actually declare the greatest scalp. United have actually progressed in each of their last 16 FA Cup ties versus teams from the fourth-tier or lower, keeping clean sheets in each of their last 11.
Routing City in the league by 12 points, another Premier League title seems out of reach for United. For that reason, Mourinho is unlikely to take too lots of dangers with his beginning XI as he goes after probably his finest possibility of flatware this season.
Somewhere Else, West Ham United take on in-form League One side Wigan Athletic. Among sides in the top 4 tiers of England, only City (29) and United (24) have actually won more competitive video games this season than Wigan (23 ).
Other Premier League sides in action against underdog opposition are Leicester City at Peterborough United and Swansea City at Notts County.
Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Christian Radnedge