How Serious Is The FA Cup In Pardew's Thinking?

Last updated : 09 December 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

... perhaps recent results will spark him into believing we can give the competition a genuine go this campaign.

We will face Cardiff City in the third round at St James' Park, but the Saturday fixture could be changed because the Mackems are also at home.

Northumberland Police have the final word, and they never favour both clubs playing at home on the same day.

Third round

Barnsley v Hartlepool/Coventry
Yeovil v Leyton Orient
Liverpool v Oldham/Mansfield
Nottingham Forest v West Ham
Bristol City v Watford
Southend v Millwall
Middlesbrough v Hull
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Kidderminster v Peterborough
Doncaster v Stevenage
Stoke v Leicester
Southampton v Burnley
Newcastle v Cardiff
Rochdale v Leeds
Wigan v MK Dons
Charlton v Wrexham/Oxford
Manchester United v Swansea
Port Vale v Plymouth
Norwich v Fulham
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Macclesfield v Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland v Carlisle
Bolton v Blackpool
Blackburn v Manchester City
Everton v QPR
Brighton v Reading
Arsenal v Tottenham
Birmingham v Bristol Rovers/Crawley
Grimsby v Huddersfield
Ipswich v Preston
Derby v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Fleetwood/Burton

Ties to be played January 4-5



1. David De Gea 
2. Rafael 76'
6. Jonny Evans 
15. Nemanja Vidic 
3. Patrice Evra 
44. Adnan Januzaj 
4. Phil Jones 
23. Tom Cleverley 69'
17. Nani 68'
20. Robin van Persie 
14. Javier Hernandez 
5. Rio Ferdinand 
8. Anderson 69'
13. Anders Lindegaard 
18. Ashley Young 
19. Danny Welbeck 
25. Antonio Valencia 76'
29. Wilfried Zaha 68'


1. Tim Krul 
26. Mathieu Debuchy 83'
6. Mike Williamson 
2. Fabricio Coloccini 
3. Davide Santon 
4. Yohan Cabaye 78'
24. Cheick Tiote 
8. Vurnon Anita 
7. Moussa Sissoko 
14. Loic Remy 
11. Yoan Gouffran 57'
9. Papiss Cisse 
10. Hatem Ben Arfa 57'
13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 83'
18. Jonas Gutierrez 
21. Rob Elliot 
23. Shola Ameobi 78'
25. Gabriel Obertan

The hoodoo of 1972 is behind us ... after 41 long years. The week after we lost to non-League Hereford Utd in the FA Cup we beat Man U with goals from John Tudor and Stew Barrowclough and ... we hadn't beaten the Mancs on their home turf since.

Yes we saw two victories at Old Trafford in FA Cup semi-finals against Sheff Utd and Spurs - but not against the Red Devils.

The Toon fans sang "you're goin down with the Mackems", to the few United fans who were left in the stadium, but that's Glory Seekers for yer.

It was a marvelous result, but this Man Utd team is a pale shadow of last season, and if Moyes is the man to bring them glory, I will show my arse in Fenwick's window.


David Moyes' calamitous start as Manchester United manager turned into a full-blown crisis as Yohan Cabaye ended Newcastle's 41-year wait for an Old Trafford win.

It meant United have lost five times already this season and that they have collected just two points from their last four games.

Little wonder the reaction at the end was one of anger from the home supporters, who watched virtually the same group of players they booed off today clinch a 20th title by 11 points less than seven months ago.

For Moyes, it is absolutely the stuff of nightmares.

The Scot has been dignified in rolling the heavy blows that have already been inflicted upon him during his short tenure and he retains the unquestioned support of the club's owners.

Yet it seems patience elsewhere has started to wear thin.

When Patrice Evra's clearing header bounced back off Moussa Sissoko, allowing the Newcastle man a free run into the area, before cutting back a perfect cross to invite Cabaye's first-time finish, albeit via slight deflection off Nemanja Vidic, the discontent rippled round all but a small corner of the stadium.

Amid their glee, the Magpies fans delivered two of the cruellest jibes. They suggested Moyes would be sacked in the morning and that United would be accompanying Sunderland into the Championship at the end of the season. And it is true that United are nearer the drop zone than they are the top spot they occupied for so long.

As the whistle blew on yet another goalless first-half for United, it was hard not to feel a little bit of sympathy for a set of players who appeared paralysed by fear.

Seven changes from the midweek defeat by Everton, including the return of Robin van Persie following a four-match absence with a groin strain, should have had a positive impact.

But the additional mobility compared to Wednesday was lost amid the tentativeness of a team who looked scared to lose in front of a crowd on the brink of a very negative reaction.

Too often invention was spurned in favour of safety, which in turn reinforced the defences of a solid Newcastle outfit, who never looked in danger of coughing up the type of goals they did at Swansea on their last outing.

Player-of-the-month Tim Krul pulled off a decent save from Phil Jones in the early stages but had little else to do in the first-half.

Fabricio Coloccini made an excellent clearing header to prevent Vidic getting to Adnan Januzaj's cross, whilst the young Belgian was robbed in the box brilliantly by Yoan Gouffran.

And other than a blatant dive by Javier Hernandez, that was that for the hosts.

Newcastle did not do that much better.

But with Cheick Tiote controlling midfield and Loic Remy remaining on the move, United's defence did not look as settled as Newcastle's.

And when Evra was caught out of position, allowing Remy to slide a brilliant pass through for Mathieu Debuchy, whose thunderous first-time shot was turned away one-handed by David de Gea.

De Gea moments later repelled a close-range Debuchy header to at least ensure United reached the break level.

Moyes appeared to have used the interval wisely, judging by the sense of purpose his side had at the restart.

Krul saved from Hernandez and Januzaj before Evra met a Nani corner with purpose and sent a header bulleting against the post.

Vurnon Anita had no chance to react as the rebound struck him on the hand from barely six inches.

As the ball was flashing straight across goal and the diversion helped take it away to safety, a penalty surely should have been awarded. Instead referee Andre Marriner waved play on, just as he did when Tiote cut down Evra close to the Newcastle goal-line moments later.

Incidents like these tend to be followed by a hammer blow. And Cabaye duly provided it with his 10-yard finish from Sissoko's cross - via Vidic.

The introductions of Wilfried Zaha for his Premier League debut and Anderson looked like the reactions of a desperate man, just as the noise appeared to be when Van Persie turned home what he thought was an equaliser. A brilliant call by assistant referee Sian Massey ruled otherwise.

United continued to push forward but to little effect and when Marriner called time on another sorry day, there were thousands of empty seats.

Those who remained let their feelings be known in a different way.