Big Fifth Round test at the Bridge for United 

Manchester United share the record for FA Cup final appearances (20) with Arsenal, but the Londoners have one more victory (13) than the Old Trafford outfit. Tonight, at Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s class of 2019 will attempt to take an important step towards adding to those impressive statistics.

Chelsea Evs, Draw 13/5, United 3/1.

A fairly routine Third Round win at home against Reading was followed by a deeply impressive 3-1 success at key Cup rivals Arsenal, with Lingard and Martial in irresistible goalscoring form. This evening at Stamford Bridge United must do without both, who are sidelined with injury.

We’re told there’s no Darmian, Valencia, Rojo and Jones, either, so Ole has his work cut out to engineer another outstanding performance in what’s a repeat of last season’s final.

Alexis Sanchez has been an enigma at Old Trafford since his highly-publicised move to the north-west from Arsenal. He made a decent-enough start, but as with many under Jose Mourinho seemed to rather lose his way. Signed in the January 2018 transfer window, he’s yet to register even close to double-figures in terms of goals scored in all competitions since.

Compared to hugely productive spells at the Emirates, and previously at Barcelona, where he was managing around a goal every two games, it’s been disappointing. He surely remains too good to be so relatively impotent – and as Solskjaer himself has said, “It’s like the bottle of ketchup you can’t get to come out – once it does he’ll be fine.”

It remains to be seen whether Ole gives him the nod to start tonight, but if given his head he’s got just the incentive, back in the capital, to show exactly what he’s capable of.

Alexis Sanchez – First Goalscorer 8/1; Anytime Goalscorer, 9/4.

As far as Chelsea go, who could predict with any accuracy which version of Maurizio Sarri’s team will turn up tonight? Humbled at the Etihad on Sunday last, they will see this as a great opportunity to bolster a rather flagging campaign.

Sarri will be aware of rumours circulating about his future – with Zinedine Zidane the latest to be linked to the position. Chelsea have had eight managers in less than eight years, since Carlo Ancelotti left in May 2011. Time, and patience, are in short supply around that part of west London.

This has all the makings of an absolute thriller, and I wouldn’t be surprised one jot if the drama of extra-time/penalties is needed to separate them.

It’s live on the Beeb, kick-off 7.30pm, and is unmissable.

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