Date: 18th February 2008 at 1:54pm
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Surprise surprise. The FA clearly wants a United v Chelsea final again. And clearly they wish that we negotiate our way through top-flight opposition all the time.

The path is clear. We will play Portsmouth at Old Trafford on the weekend of March 8/9. If we go through (and it’s highly likely given Pompey’s atrociuos record at Old Trafford) we will meet Middlesbrough in the semi-final if they beat two Championship sides at home.

Meanwhile Chelsea waltz through lower-league opponents and will await us in the final eagerly to repeat last season’s victory. Very exciting, isn’t it? No, I know it isn’t.

Another, even more cruel scenario would be to squeeze an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea into April when we will face them in the league, will have a little meeting with Arsenal and travel to unpleasant places like Middlesbrough and Blackburn…

Wouldn’t it be better to send out the U18 and go out against Pompey? And why can’t we once face a lower league team if my wish of meeting Chelsea so early could not be guaranteed?