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Ferguson Wondering About FA Cup Fix

It was announced earlier this week that Manchester United were drawn to play second place Arsenal in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. As I wrote about, Manchester United are drawn against top flight opposition more often than not, with 77% of our FA Cup draws over the past ten years coming against Premiership sides.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the FA Cup today, responding to the comments about the tie being a fix. “I just can’t believe it!” he said. “Everyone thinks the draw is fixed so BBC can get the best game – I’m beginning to wonder! I think there were four ties that came out before ours without us, Arsenal or Chelsea and I was thinking ‘oh come on, surely it can’t happen? Nevertheless, I always say you can’t ask for any more than a home draw. The build-up will be enormous and I’m sure there will be interest from everyone all over the world. Sometimes these games can disappoint, but I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic Cup tie.”

I can’t help but notice that when the top teams aren’t drawn against each other until the final, like United and Chelsea last season, people talk of it being a fix. However, when they are drawn against each other earlier on, the same comments arise.

Do you think the FA fix the draws?

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  1. Tom F says:

    I can’t find it in myself to go as far as to say the draws are fixed, but the top brass at the FA Cup draw never show much emotion. No suprise, no excitement, I don’t know if they are meant to remain neutral but it is a bit odd. I also think everyone dreads a one sided cup final, but saying that us against Arsenal a few years back was very one-sided but we lost on pens!!

    It is better to play Arsenal in this round rather than in the Final, either round it’s in, it’s a great game. It will be a great next couple of weeks starting with Portsmouth last night.

  2. Sam says:

    I think Tom’s right.
    The fact that we are drawn against them this early seems to be the definitive sign of it not being fixed- as the FA and BBC would love a showpiece final between us and Arsenal


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