Nothing in football gets the blood going quite like a cup draw.
Seeing your team's name in the hat beside their assigned ball number, dreaming of Wembley while praying you can avoid that one team no-one wants to play; it's a truly unique experience.
Much was expected of the semi-final draw for this year's tournament, particularly with two of London's major clubs and the Manchester rivals both still in the hat. But social distancing rules, coupled with some straight up bad luck, meant it was something of a damp squib.
7:29 is precise ?— Jblake (@JarreII) June 28, 2020
If they wonder why the cup had lost Magic - Doing a cup draw at half time is up there as an example with playing semi finals at Wembley.— Bilko (@wiganrlfans) June 28, 2020
FA Cup semi final draw during half time, you’re having a laugh!— Upper Beeding Fc (@UpperBeedingFC) June 28, 2020
After 15 minutes of build-up, we'd hoped for some sort of grandiose affair...and then we remembered the pandemic was still a thing.
What we got instead of the usual fanfare, then, was Alan Shearer.
On the couch.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as lonely as Alan Shearer doing an FA Cup draw on his own— Landy (@LandyLandy_) June 28, 2020
Alan Shearer doing the draw for the FA Cup by himself should be a permanent fixture. Think how full that bag would be for the 3rd round, and how big a table he'd need to host all the balls.— Jonathan Craig (@JonathanSCraig) June 28, 2020
So FA Cup draw done - Shearer did it alone for Social Distancing reasons. Not that Micah Richards would ever get within 2 metres of him when he played.— Nigel Freelove (@nfreelove) June 28, 2020
And what did we get? London derby? Potential Manchester derby?
Nope, first out of the hat was a repeat of the 2018 final: Manchester United vs Chelsea.
Oh well. United fans were quite confident anyway; their recent record against the Blues speaks for itself.
Bring on Chelsea!! Beat them three times already this season! ?? #FACup— Flex (@FlexUTD) June 28, 2020
What we saying to it, then, Chelsea fans?
"Manchester United vs Chelsea"???— yeye boyfriend (@mayorofaguda) June 28, 2020
We Chelsea fans right niw pic.twitter.com/MT7na4EV2h
Then again, last time they met at Wembley...
The last time Chelsea beat Manchester United in any competition?— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 28, 2020
The 2018 FA Cup final at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/VOhxbjwxSI
That draw meant that Arsenal would face either Newcastle or Manchester City. So, Manchester City then.
2-0 Manchester City. If it wasn’t clear yet, then it is now. They will face Arsenal in the Semi-Final of the FA Cup. Raheem Sterling doubles the lead with a beautiful goal. pic.twitter.com/WNNGjmSNjO— ??? ???? ? (@TheEuropeanLad) June 28, 2020
Looks like Arsenal is going to play Manchester city in the FA semi finals pic.twitter.com/SIZYkjk2es— IVAN ? (Fynst Stalker) (@Fynst_stalker) June 28, 2020
That's not one Gunners fans will be particularly looking forward to, given they seem allergic to taking anything from Pep Guardiola's defending champions.
Source : 90min