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Five Best FA Cup Moments Between Arsenal & Manchester United

Five Best FA Cup Moments Between Arsenal & Manchester United
Thursday,January 24,2019

Arsenal and Man Utd renew their storied history, with an FA Cup fourth round clash on Friday night. With 25 FA Cup triumphs between the two clubs, the cup goes hand in hand with the two English heavyweights. There have been some classic cup encounters in the past, from Giggs’ wonder strike, to the ‘five minute final’.


Here’s a list of the five most memorable moments between Arsenal and Man Utd in the FA Cup, to get you in the mood for their fourth round tie:


Ryan Giggs misses open goal


Ryan Giggs is synonymous with THAT goal against Arsenal in 1999 - more on that later - but one moment that he won’t look back on with any fondness, also featured in an FA Cup tie against the Gunners. Both United and Arsenal were going for the double ahead of their fifth round tie at Old Trafford in 2003. With the match goalless after half an hour, Giggs picked up a delightful ball from David Beckham, went around David Seaman but somehow managed to fire over with the whole goal to aim at. That proved costly as goals from Edu and Sylvain Wiltord either side of half-time booked Arsenal’s spot in the quarter-finals, and ultimately their second successive FA Cup triumph. I guess the Welsh wizard is human after all…



Viera wins FA Cup with final kick for Arsenal


Both teams were desperate for a some silverware after Chelsea’s Premier League and League Cup double, back in 2004/2005. United were vying for their second FA Cup in a row while Arsene Wenger’s men had won it two of the previous three seasons. After an underwhelming goalless 120 minutes, it was the first time the FA Cup final would be decided by penalties. Jens Lehmann saved United’s second penalty from Paul Scholes, while Lauren, Freddie Ljungberg, Robin van Persie and Ashley Cole all converted, before Patrick Vieira stepped up to seal the trophy. That ended up being his last ever kick for Arsenal, not a bad way to bow out!


Danny Welbeck’s haunts Man Utd


Danny Welbeck career has been a curious one. A player with obvious talent, he’s always been on the periphery in club football, while 16 goals in 42 appearances for England is an outstanding return. Arsenal signed him on deadline day in the summer of 2014, with one of his final United appearances coming in the infamous 4-0 thrashing to MK Dons. With both sides underperforming in the league, the FA Cup was the last realistic chance for either to get their hands on some silverware.making the quarter-final clash at Old Trafford a huge encounter. Wayne Rooney cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s opener, before Welbeck pounced on Antonio Valencia’s poor back pass to seal the Gunners’ passage through and haunt the side who sold him just months previously in the process, as Arsenal went on to lift the cup once again.



The five minute final


Before money dominated football, 1979 saw one of the greatest ever finishes in FA Cup history. Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton put Arsenal 2-0 up at half-time, which is how it stayed until 85 minutes. Gordon McQueen made it 2-1, before Sammy McIlroy’s dramatic equaliser on 88 minutes. But just a minute later, Alan Sunderland netted to win the cup for Arsenal, in a classic referred to as the ‘five-minute final’. They don’t make finals like that anymore!


Wonder goal from the Welsh Wizard


Arguably the best ever goal in FA Cup history, forget his miss from earlier, this is what Ryan Giggs is best remembered for. Back in the days of semi-final replays - this one had everything. David Beckham’s 30-yard strike put United ahead in the first half, before Dennis Bergkamp equalised with 20 minutes to play. The match then burst into life, with Nicolas Anelka having a goal chalked off, Roy Keane seeing red and Peter Schmeichel saving a last gasp Bergkamp penalty. Then in extra-time, Giggs picked up a loose pass from Patrick Vieira near the halfway line, before weaving his way past five Arsenal players, smashing past David Seaman into the roof of the net. A magical moment that went a long way to helping United secure the treble.


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