United learn Hammers date

23 Mar

The FA Cup quarter-final replay between Manchester United and West Ham at Upton Park will take place on Wednesday April 13.

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The Football Association announced the date for the replay on its website, avoiding any clash with Champions League fixtures taking place the previous week.

A statement from the governing body, accompanying the announcement, read: “Extensive discussions have taken place with all associated parties regarding the scheduling of this fixture, with limited options available.

“The FA recognises the agreed date may not be an ideal solution for all, but believed it was the most appropriate available within the congested football calendar.”

The FA has therefore ensured no fine will be imposed by UEFA, as might have been the case had the domestic fixture been scheduled alongside a high-profile European tie.

The replay, required after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford to decide who will face Everton at Wembley in the last four 10 days later, will kick off at 7pm and be broadcast live on BBC One.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed on Tuesday that United will take on local rivals Manchester City in China this summer as part of their pre-season plans. It will be the first derby between the two sides to be played outside the UK.

The game, part of the International Champions Cup, will take place at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium, home of the 2008 Olympics.


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