A return to Old Trafford for Fergie’s former assistant.
It was McClaren who is credited with the famous phrase: “Manchester United never lose, they just run out of time.”
Things have changed a bit since then.
Luton v Huddersfield tonight, and Ben Fisher sets up the tie.
Luton’s achievement is all the more remarkable given their modest resources. Their recruitment has been shrewd. They have a bottom-three budget smaller than some of the teams chugging along in League One, and their squad was assembled for less than £1.5m. Kal Naismith, Reece Burke, Jordan Clark and Gabriel Osho are among those who have thrived since arriving on frees. Elijah Adebayo, signed from Walsall last year, and Harry Cornick, who joined from Bournemouth in 2017, have impressed in attack.
Up for the cup, then. And league, still. Such is the convolution of the calendar that the men’s FA Cup final is being played with two matches of the Premier League to be played by most teams, while the women’s final – rightfully being played after the WSL season – is being played amid some vital men’s Premier League football. Oh well, on we go and the men’s FA Cup final is a repeat of both the final of 2012 – won 2-1 by Chelsea – and this season’s Carabao Cup final, won on penners by Liverpool.
The women’s FA Cup final sees Chelsea go for the double and defend the trophy they lifted in December after last season’s final was delayed by Covid.
And then there’s the Championship play-offs, being played tonight and tomorrow, starting with Luton v Huddersfield, and then followed by Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest, meaning there’s a 3/4 chance the Premier League’s newest team will be off the M1.
Sunday sees the return of the Premier League with so much at stake, and seven matches being played. After last night, Tottenham v Burnley takes the eye, with the Clarets fighting for their lives, though the big match is West Ham v Manchester City, where a City win would all but capture the Premier League title, barring a mathematical miracle from Liverpool.