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5 talking points from the weekend

5 talking points from the weekend

Take a look at the big moments from the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup

Get up to speed with everything you need to know from the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup

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And then there were eight. After a massive weekend of fifth-round drama in the FA Cup, we now know which teams will be scrapping it out in the quarter-finals of this always unpredictable competition.

 

Manchester United won the big battle at Stamford Bridge, putting Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri under even more pressure, while Manchester City survived a temporary scare (and a less-than-pristine pitch) against Newport County to make it through.

 

Representing the lower-league clubs in the next round will be Millwall and Swansea City, plus Premier League sides Watford, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Wolves also progressed.

 

Want to know the big talking points from a gripping weekend of matches? Here’s everything you need to know…

 

1. Result of the weekend

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United

The Red Devils bounced back from their disappointing Champions League defeat to PSG with a win over Chelsea that was as ruthless as it was resounding. There’s been much talk about salvaging the club’s identity under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and this performance was vintage United. Resilient at the back and lethal on the counter, they outclassed Chelsea from start to finish.

2. Goal of the weekend

Manchester City’s Phil Foden

Phil Foden (Manchester City) v Newport County

Manchester City’s golden boy looked every inch the midfield ace against Newport, scoring twice as the Blues negotiated a potentially tricky tie to seal a spot in the quarter-finals. Both of the 18-year-old’s goals had similarities, but it was his first that really caught the eye. Galloping from deep, Foden bobbed past a couple of opponents before fizzing a fierce drive past the goalkeeper.

 

3. Performance of the weekend

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) v Chelsea

The resurgence continues. Pogba ran the show for United against Chelsea, assisting Ander Herrera for his team’s first goal before scoring their second. Beyond that, the France international covered every blade of grass like an energised gazelle and showed plenty of silky touches to bamboozle sorry Chelsea.

 

4. Manager of the weekend

Millwall manager Neil Harris

Neil Harris (Millwall)

Having knocked out Everton in round four, Millwall battled past AFC Wimbledon 1-0 on Saturday to continue their progress in the Cup. The Lions have now reached the quarter-finals in three of the last seven seasons, a fantastic record masterminded by manager Neil Harris. Could the former striker steer the Londoners into the semis? Don’t write them off against Brighton.

 

5. Unlikely return of the weekend

Ashley Cole (Derby County)

You might have been forgiven for doing a double take on Saturday when a certain Ashley Cole scored for Derby against Brighton. Following spells in Italy and the USA (it’s a tough life), this was the former England defender’s first goal in English football for over six years. Okay, so it didn’t stop the Rams getting knocked out of the Cup, but Cole showed he still has something to offer at the ripe old age of 38.

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