Manchester United’s sole remaining reasonable likelihood at silverware within the type of the FA Cup took a step ahead after they beat Newport County within the fourth spherical.
Their reward was a fifth-round tie towards both Bristol Metropolis or Nottingham Forest.
With a replay nonetheless to be performed to find out who’ll face United, Erik ten Hag can’t start his tactical planning.
Nonetheless, he can plan the gamers’ schedules because the date of that tie has been confirmed to be February 28.
Will probably be proven reside on BBC One however Ten Hag may not be too comfortable concerning the date.
It’s the final date of the three slots- February 26, 27, and 28, and leaves United with solely three days to arrange for his or her subsequent fixture on March 3.
That may be a slight downside as a result of the fixture on March 3 is a marquee conflict away to Manchester Metropolis.
The sport previous the FA Cup tie is a fixture at house to Fulham on February 24.
Contemplating Ten Hag’s reluctance to rotate now that he’s getting his first-choice crew again, United followers will watch the FA Cup recreation nervously.
Away journeys to prime sides have been the stuff of nightmares for Ten Hag and there’s no likelihood he performs a rotated crew within the FA Cup both.
Chances are high that the identical crew performs in each the sport and contemplating that most of the key gamers have returned from long-term points now, it will likely be a fierce gauntlet.
Alternatively, Metropolis will profit from an additional day’s relaxation as they play Luton City away from house on February twenty seventh.
Simply one other problem for the United squad which has already struggled to get outcomes at away grounds of prime groups underneath Ten Hag.