United, City face tricky FA Cup semi-final ties

Wembley hosts the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend as Championship club, Sheffield United, look to cause an upset against Manchester City today, followed by Brighton & Hove Albion against Manchester United on Sunday.

Manchester City, who are also in the hunt for the Premier League and Champions League, are looking to reach their second FA Cup final since Pep Guardiola took charge in 2016.

Sheffield United, the lowest ranked team remaining, knocked out eight-time winners, Tottenham, on their way to a first semi-final in the competition since 2014, when they were a League One club.

Brighton were semi-finalists as recently as 2019 – when they were defeated by Manchester City – while Manchester United are looking to win the FA Cup for a 13th time.

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Brighton and Manchester United met in the 1983 FA Cup final, with the Red Devils winning the replay 4-0 after the teams had drawn 2-2 at Wembley five days earlier.

A total of 732 clubs entered this season’s FA Cup, which started with the extra preliminary round in August.

Extra time and penalties will be used this weekend to decide who goes through to the final if the ties are level after 90 minutes. The winning teams will each receive £1m in FA prize money, and the two losing sides will each receive £500,000.

The FA Cup final will take place at Wembley on Saturday, June 3. – BBC

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