FA Cup 6th round: Man Utd to Face Chelsea FC on March’13th


The date for Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea has been confirmed as Monday, March 13.

The sixth round tie at Stamford Bridge, with a 7.45pm kick-off, will be shown on BBC One – the 58th time in a row that United have been on television in the FA Cup.

Their continuation in four competitions is set to create a fixture backlog for Mourinho. And if they reach finals in both the Europa League and FA Cup, United could end up playing 66 games this season.

It has led Mourinho to already suggest that his former club have an advantage ahead of their meeting next month.

Following the 2-1 win over Blackburn in the fifth round on Sunday, he said: “I have to fight for a top-four position in the Premier League. I have so many things to think about.
“Chelsea can only think about that because they are champions and they have nothing else to fight for.”

As regards to the EFL Cup final on Sunday,  Jose Mourinho has admitted he is not confident Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Michael Carrick will be fit for the final.

Mkhitaryan, who scored the only goal as Manchester United beat St Etienne 1-0 in the Europa League on Wednesday night, was forced off in the first half with a hamstring injury. Carrick went off after half-time with a calf injury.

Both are set for scans in Manchester on Thursday.

Mourinho stopped short of ruling the pair out of United’s League Cup with Southampton at Wembley this weekend. But the 54-year-old admitted they may run out of time to prove their fitness.

He said: “It is the result of so many matches. When somebody is missing, it’s an opportunity for another one.

“Obviously, they are important players for us and not to have them for the final is complicated. But I think Marouane (Fellaini) and Bastian (Schweinsteiger), who have not played so much, did a good answer. When one is not playing it is an opportunity for another.

“I don’t say (they are definitely out). I just say what I feel. It’s three days. With a hamstring and a calf, even if it is a minor injury, I probably think that three days is no time.

“I think no chance.”

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