An FA Cup Journey – Man Utd vs Wigan

Hello, my name is Ian and after doing my (preview/review) blogs on this site covering all the games of Euro 2016. I decided to start a new project. To try to attend as many rounds of the FA Cup 2016/2017 season starting from the very beginning. I’m pleased to say I have managed it so far as well and have really enjoyed doing it. I started with the Extra Preliminary Round, the Preliminary Round before going to the First, Second, Third and Fourth Qualifying Rounds.

We’re now well into all the proper rounds of this great competition and with fewer teams left in it and tickets becoming more difficult to get hold of. I didn’t have too many options, obviously cost wise I’m still trying to get to as many local games to Manchester as possible. Trips to Bolton Wanderers, Macclesfield Town and then my club Manchester United in the 3rd Round have been good so far, but it was always going to be difficult for this round. Of course I was always going to be going to the United game again on Sunday just gone, but I did also look at the possibility of going to a game on the Saturday as mentioned in my last cup report after the 3rd round draw.

It wasn’t to be though due to family commitments on the Saturday. However if I was free, I was tempted by Rochdale vs Huddersfield, so maybe another time. Or even next year now. I have been to Rochdale’s ground in the past, that was with a friend whose a Bradford fan, so went along with him in the away end a few years back.

Anyway onto the game itself, I took my lad along again. I would have preferred an away trip somewhere to either a tick off a new ground full stop, or just a new ground for what I’m currently doing by going to each round of the cup. With me living close to Old Trafford it was just like going to a normal game at the ground and my doing my normal routine. Which is normally drive, park up and walk twenty-minutes to the ground but with having my lad with me we got dropped off a little closer.

It was a pleasure to be there to see United’s new all-time top goalscorer Wayne Rooney get presented with a golden boot and ball trophy from Sir Bobby Charlton. The guy has fully earned it after passing the record a few weeks back at the away league game at Stoke. It was good to see the likes of Romero in-goal and then later on, Castro Pereira come on for the last 10 minutes once the game was done and dusted. The same for both Fosu-Mensah getting a start and being substituted for Tuanzebe as well. I fully agree it’s a good idea to bed a couple of these youngsters in these types of games.

United strolled the game in the end with goals from Fellaini (44 mins), Smalling (57 mins), Mkhitaryan (74′mins) and Schweinsteiger (81′minutes). Wigan definitely gave a good account of themselves though for the first half an hour or so but United were always going to score as they kept creating chances without actually being fully at the races. Good day out yet again though with plenty more goals to add to my tally of FA Cup goals scored this season.

As for the draw for the next round, two non-league teams go marching into the FA Cup 5th Round:

Sutton United vs Arsenal
Fulham vs Tottenham Hotspur
Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester United
Burnley vs Lincoln City
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City
Middlesbrough vs Oxford United
Millwall vs Leicester City or Derby County
Wolves vs Chelsea

I again of course will have to go to the Manchester United games but it would have been ace to get an away draw to either of Sutton or Lincoln. Or even better away to Millwall or possibly Huddersfield as they’re four grounds I have never been too. Blackburn it is though, we’ve not played them for a few years at their place now and you always get around 7000 tickets for their away end, so I reckon it’s going to be a belting atmosphere. Roll on my FA Cup Journey as it continues on for an 11th game in this years competition.

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