Liverpool to play Man United twice in per week as FA Cup draw places Crouch in hassle with in-laws

Liverpool to play Man United twice in per week as FA Cup draw places Crouch in hassle with in-laws

English football’s greatest rivalry will get two main new instalments over the following fortnight as Liverpool and Manchester United will conflict twice on consecutive weekends.

The 2 grand previous foes – the Premier League’s prime two teams on the time of writing – have been already scheduled to face off at Anfield this Sunday, Jan. 17, however Monday’s draw for the FA Cup fourth-round draw pitted them in opposition to one another once more per week later at Outdated Trafford.

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The FA Cup assembly, the primary between the 2 golf equipment since 2012, will probably be performed on the weekend of Jan. 23-24 (all games streaming live on Football4cast+ in the U.S.).

Liverpool, who beat United in the fifth round en route to winning the last of their seven FA Cups in 2006, secured their place in this season’s fourth round after beating an Aston Villa squad depleted by COVID-19 4-1 last Friday (stream the replay on Football4cast+ in the U.S.).

Meanwhile, United beat Watford 1-0 on Saturday as they began their quest to lift the trophy for a 13th time (stream the replay on Football4cast+ in the U.S.), moving them one triumph behind Arsenal’s record haul of 14 titles.

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch was the person answerable for setting the fixtures, and he made the most of his performance of the fourth-round draw live on television.

With rivalries fierce and loyalties divided, the draw proved particularly difficult for Crouch, who was instantly made to regret pairing the big two together by his wife, Liverpool-born mannequin and TV presenter Abby Clancy who tweeted her husband to inform him: “My dad is gonna kill you.”

If Crouch is fortunate, Mr. Clancy will forgiven his son-in-law — in any case, he did score the decisive goal against United in the FA Cup back in 2006.

At the least one particular person was proud of Crouch’s involvement, as former Manchester Metropolis winger Trevor Sinclair was perfectly content to see Cheltenham Town of League Two plucked out of the pot for his old side whereas rivals United have been lumped in opposition to the reigning Premier League champions.

Regardless of the heated nature of each conflict between them, both clubs appeared to welcome the news of an imminent double-header straddling two competitions with feverish anticipation.

“Large” certainly, and the omens are good for United having received three of their final 4 dwelling FA Cup ties in opposition to Liverpool. A sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even scored the profitable objective when the 2 sides met within the cup within the 1998-99 season, which in fact resulted in United profitable the Treble.

The final time Liverpool and United confronted one another twice in consecutive weeks was 5 years in the past, when the pair clashed within the Europa League spherical of 16. Liverpool received the primary leg at Anfield 2-0 on March 10 — the primary time the 2 teams had ever met in European competitors. Klopp’s facet booked their place within the quarterfinals seven days later when the second leg at Outdated Trafford resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Of the 232 occasions that Liverpool have performed Manchester United in all competitions since 1894, solely a smattering of fixtures have fallen in notably fast succession.

In 2013, there have been 24 days between Liverpool profitable 1-Zero at dwelling within the Premier League on Sept. 1 and United exacting their revenge when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored the one objective of their League Cup tie at Outdated Trafford.

Liverpool’s 2-1 win over United at Anfield within the FA Cup fourth spherical on Jan. 28 in 2012, courtesy of Dirk Kuyt’s late winner, was adopted 14 days later by United’s personal 2-1 dwelling win within the Premier League because of Wayne Rooney’s brace. Nevertheless, the match will probably be finest remembered for Luis Suarez refusing to shake Patrice Evra’s hand on the primary event that the pair had met because the Liverpool participant had been banned for eight matches after being discovered responsible of racially abusing his United counterpart.

The scorelines have been additionally mirrored when United beat Liverpool 1-Zero within the Premier League on Jan. 2, 2006 earlier than Liverpool pipped United 1-Zero within the FA Cup later that very same month. So with these two team set to satisfy on back-to-back weekends, possibly you need to assume twice earlier than betting on one facet doing the double over the opposite.

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