FA face fan backlash as Arsenal vs Man Utd tie moved to Friday evening

ARSENAL'S FA Cup showdown with Manchester United has controversially been moved to Friday night.

The BBC will screen the fourth round showdown but the timing is sure to annoy supporters aiming to travel to the January 25 kick-off.

FA face fan backlash as Arsenal vs Man Utd tie moved to Friday eveningPA:Press Association2 Unai Emery's Arsenal face Manchester United on Friday January 25

Late-night games are inconvenient for punters, especially those coming down from Manchester or further afield.

The Football Supporters' Federation branded the plans a "faff" soon after the TV fixtures were announced.

Red Devils fans travelling via rail will likely only be able to catch the last train at 11pm, which arrives at Piccadilly at almost 2am.

And they have voiced their displeasure at the decision on Twitter – accusing The FA of not caring about people who attend games.

More faff for match-going fans: here are the domestic TV selections for the #FACup 4th Round. Still awaiting fixture changes for international TV. pic.twitter.com/j1bXzvfHUJ

— The FSF (@The_FSF) January 11, 2019

A late night kick-off on a Friday. Good luck getting there and back, United fans.

TV companies really don’t care about supporters, do they? https://t.co/uTjRjPZvSm

— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) January 11, 2019

@FA This is ridiculous. Yet again the FA and TV companies don't give a toss about the traveling fans!

— Nathan Perry (@Pezzaperry08) January 11, 2019

Tie of the round and TV but Arsenal United on a Friday night at 8pm…..Absolutely no idea or care for fans pic.twitter.com/YXwO2NEH10

— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) January 11, 2019

As if the Friday night game isn’t bad enough there’s a Sunday 6pm kick off? Is that a wind up? Forcing 1, maybe 2 Northern teams to play in London that late is disgraceful. They couldn’t care less about the fans. https://t.co/cvyONVwswZ

— Sibs 🔰 (@SibsMUFC) January 11, 2019

Even the Gooners faithful have slammed the call, with blogger Dan Critchlow expressing his sympathy for rival fans.

United beat Reading, while the Gunners toppled Blackpool to reach this stage.

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And both with be mindful of the other as both clubs boast incredible records against each other.

United have eliminated Arsenal from the FA Cup on seven occasions – more than any other side.

However, Arsenal have knocked their rivals out of the same tournament more than any other team in the competition (also seven).

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Fourth round fixtures on TV

Friday 25 January
Arsenal v Manchester United (7.55pm) BBC One

Saturday 26 January
Accrington Stanley v Derby County or Southampton (12.30pm) BT Sport 2

Millwall v Everton (5.30pm) BBC One

AFC Wimbledon v West Ham (7.45pm) BT Sport 2

Sunday 27 January
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)  BT Sport 2

Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town (6pm)  BBC One

Monday 28 January

Barnet v Brentford (7.45pm) BT Sport 2

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