With the 3rd round of the FA cup coming to a close tonight, we can begin to look forward to the next round, and some of the huge games coming up! Manchester United play current premier league champions Liverpool, in a huge game for both sides, and 6th tier Chorley play Premier league side Wolves, could we possibly see the magic of the FA Cup return in the next round?

Over the past weekend, locals at Marine FC have seen Gareth Bale play out of their windows, and Brighton were forced into a penalty shootout by league 2 Newport, although they did progress in the end!

With Marines season being cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this was the last game for the side, and there players really did themselves proud against Spurs, even if they did concede 5! Carlos Vinicius scored a first-half hat-trick from a combined 12 yards, but Mourinho’s side couldn’t switch off, with a dangerous shot smashing off the bar early on in the fixture.

CRAWLEY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Ian Poveda-Ocampo of Leeds looks for a way through during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at The Peoples Pension Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Crawley, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Crawley beat perennial entertainers Leeds United 3-0 in the biggest upset of the round, and celebrity Mark Wright making a cameo appearance in the 90th minute, to see out the game. That loss makes a bad record for Marcelo Bielsa, who has never won a game in the FA Cup, in his three seasons at Leeds!

In the next round, Joint leaders of the Premier League meet, with the age old rivalry of Liverpool and Manchester United being played out in the oldest competition in the world. Its sure to be a great game, as these games usually are!

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 23: Anthony Martial of Manchester United (L) celebrates with teammate Marcus Rashford (R) after scoring their team’s second goal during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on December 23, 2020 in Liverpool, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sheffield United boss Chris wilder claimed his first win of the season, with a decent cup run maybe saving the season for many blades fans! Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all progressed, with relatively easy wins for all of the big six.

In a season like no other, at least the FA Cup is entertaining us all in 2021!

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By Sam Hutchison

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