FA Cup Third Round, Sunday: Open Thread

Manchester United plays Swansea City in the final FA Cup match of the day. At Old Trafford, the starting line-ups are in:

Manchester United: Lindegaard; Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Büttner; Valencia, Fletcher, Cleverley, Kagawa; Welbeck, Hernandez.

Subs: De Gea, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Zaha, Januzaj.

Swansea City: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Amat, Chico Flores, Taylor, Britton (capt), de Guzman, Shelvey, Pozuelo, Routledge, Bon

Subs: Cornell, Davies, Williams, Rangel, Canas, Donnelly, Vazquez

Out of the six FA Cup matches today, three of them will be televised.

Here’s today’s TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Nottingham Forest vs West Ham (FA Cup third round), 7am, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Derby County vs Chelsea (FA Cup third round), 9:15am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester United vs Swansea (FA Cup third round), 11.30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go

Today’s FA Cup matches that are not being shown on television or Internet in the United States are:

Sunderland vs Carlisle United (FA Cup third round), 9am ET
Liverpool vs Oldham (FA Cup third round), 10am ET
Port Vale vs Plymouth Argyle (FA Cup third round), 10am ET

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

102 thoughts on “FA Cup Third Round, Sunday: Open Thread”

    1. World feed commentary today should be:

      Derby v Chelsea – Martin Tyler & Matt Jackson
      Man Utd v Swansea – Gary Taphouse & Jim Beglin

    1. The game isn’t being televised by anyone. Possibly LFC TV. But BT Sport isn’t showing the game either.

      1. Correct. This is a case of FOX showing what is available to them and the 3 matches they are showing today are the same 3 being broadcast in the UK.

        Even the “unofficial” streaming sites are not listing the other 3 matches as being available anywhere.

      2. No and it’s a farce! There’s no live feed being offered to any international broadcaster. Ridiculous considering there’s no closed window on a Sunday and Anfield is completely sold out… there’s nothing to protect and yet they’re still blacking it out.

  1. Watching the first half of the Forest-West Ham game, there’s only one team that is playing like a Premier League side and it isn’t the Hammers.

    1. The FA aren’t offering a live feed from Anfield. Not being shown live by any broadcaster anywhere in the world I’m afraid! Time to go back in time and all sit around the radio 😮

      1. ill have to try these betting websites for independent commentary, they will usually have it. not as good as talksport but it wil have to do

        1. There’s live commentary for every home match on LFC TV if you can find a stream for that. Just no live picture of what’s happening on the pitch.

  2. I hope jtm has managed to see this game. Danny Higginbotham is co-commentator on Talksport, first time I’ve heard him and he’s excellent (and that’s without any Stoke bias).

  3. How more incompetent can FOX Sports be? They had the opportunity to show the FA Cup Fourth Round Draw live on FOX Sports 1. The draw only took a few minutes but they decided to joke about Martin Allen instead of concentrating on the draw itself.

  4. Fox (typically) missed a great opportunity to provide some history on Derby for US viewers and explain why their old stadium was called “The Baseball Ground”

  5. Guy,IAN,Marc L
    Thanks for all the kind words for me and Forest.It has been a tough couple of weeks and football and Forest did not matter.Some health concerns for my wife but i think were on the right track.The win today was great had to watch it at a friends house in the basement with no computer to post.I hope Forest will get the striker they need and push on to promotion.GO FOREST COYRS!

    1. Good news on both scores then. I’ve got an image of you locked downstairs, screaming and shouting at the screen, with a family oblivious to the joys of football sitting upstairs wondering what the hell’s going on.

      1. IAN
        The problem was they were upstairs sleeping could not celebrate till i got home.went in the backdoor and out the backdoor but it was worth it plus Forest draws Preston or Ipswich at City Ground

    2. Best wishes to you and your wife. These things are immeasurably more important that any football result.

      But I come in just now and see HOLY &^%$ing HELL WHAT A RESULT!!!!!

      Who is this Jamie Paterson? Whoever he is, well done lad!

      1. Marc L
        Thanks a lot you have that right football and promotion takes a backseat to life.I hope this is not the high water mark for Forest.They still need a striker.

  6. Just lovely FOX Sports. The cameras get ready to show the teams shaking hands, and then they break to commercial.

    1. I never minded fox coverage last year. That said this year going from NBC to Fox is like going from HD back to standard

  7. Someone should tell commentator Gary Taphouse it’s Michael Laudrup, not Brian Laudrup. He’s been saying the wrong name all game.

  8. I’ve been ABU for as long as I’ve been watching the EPL, but I’m gonna confess right now that every time I see that sinking look on Moyes’ face I want to give him a hug.

    What a terrible position he’s in.

      1. Another reason to mute Barton and co.

        And the post-match discussion sounded like something I would hear at a local pub.

      1. Ha ha. Yeah. threw my boy for a loop when he goes to McDonalds and orders canadian bacon and gets ham. Dad whats this? :)

          1. I agree on all but Curling. It can be a fascinating sport come Olympic time. Also most Canadiens have disowned Bieber.

  9. So then United supporters… how does it feel now that the shoe is finally on the other foot? Remember when you could all come and gloat at the expense of other clubs while you were riding high on your wave under Fergie’s rule?

    Wonder if the final nail in the coffin be seeing Liverpool take a top 4 spot at your expense?

    1. Well we are a bigger club than Liverpool and make more money than you guy so even if we have a bad season we will be back.

      1. Without one of the best managers that has ever walked this earth, you’re now experiencing what it’s like to live in a world of mediocrity. Man United and Liverpool are the two biggest English clubs on the planet. The supposed bigger club is heading in the wrong direction at what seems like a rapid rate.

        You’ll be surprised at how much the lack of Champions League football can affect a club not only in cash generated but also the type of player that can be attracted. Do you think the likes of Rooney will stick around if top 4 is missed this season? Or maybe he’s just stalling on signing a new contract until after the World Cup for other reasons?

        It’s a pivotal season for United and at the moment, with a manager who is so clearly out of his depth, the problem needs addressing now. These days in football, you snooze… you lose big time!

  10. Lets remember no Van Persie or Rooney. Last year Van Persie was @ the end of so many last minute comebacks by United. His skill is sorely missed.

    1. Fair point, but it seems like MU’s mojo is absolutely missing.

      Happens all the time in sport-an untouchable team has a stumble, loses a few surprise games, the shine comes off all their trophies a little, the fans start screaming, and suddenly…the shoulders start to slump.

      What is most sad to me (and I’m really gritting my teeth here, not liking MU in the least) is that it doesn’t seem like there’s anything to pull them out of their funk, to make them believe that they can pull out all those ‘Fergie time’ goals, to put that confident swagger back. I’m beginning to wonder if Moyes can do it.

      It’s one thing to try to make a team play better, but a more difficult thing to make them believe again. That’s how you find out who the true legends are.

      1. Velocity. It was Van Persie that scored all those “Fergie Time” goals last year. I would say if Sir Alex had an injury prone Van Persie last year, which was his reputation, it would’ve been a different story for ManU. Maybe Ferguson would’ve found himself in the same position Moyes is in now.

        1. Not arguing with you, goisles-just wondering aloud about Moyes and how one goes about managing a club that has had an absolute legend at the helm for many years.

          VanPersie, and Rooney (if he’s motivated) should markedly improve things.

  11. Man Utd started XI imposters on Sunday.

    Moyes is saving the “A” team for the League Cup on Tuesday.

    Mission Accomplished for the XI impostors. No need to worry about replays or fixture congestion.

    The FA Cup is NOT a priority for the big money clubs.

    Keep Calm and Carry On Glory Hunting

    1. “The FA Cup is NOT a priority for the big money clubs”

      So by your reckoning, the League Cup is?

      At least the FA Cup prize fund is just under £2million, which is still pretty poor, but a whole lot better than the paltry £100,000 or so that the League Cup winner gets.

      The only clubs that would appreciate the money granted from the League Cup are in the lower leagues… it’s small change to Premier League clubs.

      Let’s say your scenario was correct – Moyes should pack his bags now because no manager should ever prioritise in any order other than:

      Premier League
      Champions League
      FA Cup
      League Cup

        1. It’s subjective, but my personal opinion is that the domestic league title is the most important. The Champions League is a BIG priority – who wouldn’t want to be regarded as the best in Europe? I’d rather win the marathon that is domestic league first though.

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