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Welcome to Match of the Day 2 Extra on live BBC Two
Joining me today, former Everton midfielder Leon Osman,
Hull defender Alex Bruce, who's currently on loan at Wigan,
and James Ducker, who's the Telegraph's
Good afternoon to you all. If you want to get involved, we would love
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on social media Yesterday's Emirates FA Cup
quarter-final goals as 5-star Gunners book
their place at Wembley. Manchester City join
them in the semi-finals with a comfortable win
at Middlesbrough. A huge result for Hull City
in their Premier League relegation battle,
beating Swansea City. And a Josh King hat-trick
puts Bournemouth six points clear The Sun says Chelsea
are interested in Manchester The Sunday People claims the Arsenal
players are shunning Alexis Sanchez and that Wayne Rooney's
England days are numbered. Arsenal's board have told
Arsene Wenger to make a decision on his future during
the international break That's where we will. Four is we
talk Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. We'll keep you updated
with the Old Firm Derby. But we start with the goals
from the Emirates. COMMENTATOR: Than an halt -- Petr
Cech saves, but only just. Ozil, picks out Mustafi. Little lob.
Touched on, Giroud. Coming back for Walcott. Theo Walcott! Arsenal have
the lead on the stroke of half-time. Lincoln City's first half endeavours
under. Giroud has pulled away from his
marker. There he is. Miskick from Theo Walcott. Bellerin going with
Sanchez. Giroud! 2-0! Well worked by Arsenal. They cut through Lincoln
City, and they head into the FA Cup semifinals barring a miracle
comeback. Sanchez to Gibbs. It's in. Arsenal
have a third. And the scoreline suddenly looks a lot more knobs
sided. -- lopsided. Away from Wood. Alexis Sanchez.
Brilliantly placed for an Arsenal fourth. They put Lincoln City to the
sword in the end. Poorly placed, back to Alexis
Sanchez. They are out on their feet, Lincoln. At the far post, or walked
into the back of the net for an Arsenal fifth. Aaron Ramsey
completes the victory. How good was it for your players to
play with that with and fluency in the second-half? As it does help to
build confidence. We have been short of confidence, because we had some
disappointing results recently. In the second half, when the confidence
was there, you can see the quality came back into our game. Our game is
about that. Much has been spoken about Alexis Sanchez and what has
been going on with him in the last few weeks. He played 100% today, no
one could question his attitude at all. No, people talk, and talk, and
talk, but it does not mean they talk the truth. But we have to deal with
that. Performing on the football pitch, that people talk, show what
we are about, playing with quality and commitment. That is what Alexis
can do. For you, it has been a tough week or one in your career? I don't
know. I always, when I have a problem, I try to sort it out. I am
competitive, I am always focused on solving the problems I face, and in
our job, when you sold one out, you have straightaway another one.
Sometimes the size of the problem is bigger, sometimes a bit smaller.
STUDIO: Let us know whether you think Arsene Wenger should stay or
go, should he leave Arsenal? Get in touch. Alex, looking at Daniel's
comments already, he says that Wenger should leave. What is your
view? Arsenal fans have got to be careful what they wish for. How many
times in the past have we seen managers leave and people can't
replace them. Manchester United struggled to replace Alex Ferguson
after all those years. People need to pay Arsene Wenger more respect
and what he has done for the club. I wouldn't like to be the man that has
to fill his boots, that is sure. It is a difficult one. Looking across
the City, looking at Chelsea, Mourinho leaving, the Messiah at
Stamford Bridge, Conte comes in and day are going to win the Premier
League, in my opinion. They might look at that and think they have to
make a change as well. It will be interesting to see what happens in
the summer. But for me, I wouldn't like to be the man that fills his
boots. Back to Wenger in a moment, but there has been a goal in the Old
Firm derby. Ian Turner. It has gone to Celtic. It has been an even start
to the game, but Stuart Armstrong has broken the deadlock. Cutting in
from the left, a low, left foot shot, beating Wes Foderingham in the
goal. 1-0 after 35 minutes gone. Leon, good afternoon to you. It is
difficult for Arsene Wenger because they put five past Lincoln City,
they are in the FA Cup semifinal, but fans on social media and on the
radio last night saying the time is up and he has to go. Yeah, you know,
it is a difficult situation. They have come up against a very strong
Bayern Munich team in the Champions League. They have gone out, albeit a
lot worse than you would have expected. He is through in the cup.
He is still in contention for the top four. From that point of view,
he is doing the job he has done every year, but it is getting to the
stage where Arsenal fans want more. They want to be challenging for the
title again. They need to be winning trophies and competing in the
Champions League. Arsenal fans are demanding more. I also think Arsene
Wenger's demeanour in general seems flat and a bit deflated of late.
When any manager gets to that stage, it is may be time to move on. James,
John Richardson, back page of the Sunday Mirror, apparently the board
have told him he has to make his mind up in the international break.
There is a time pressure for Arsenal, if Wenger decides this will
be his final season, then they need to be able to move and react quite
quickly. It is a big decision. It will be a big decision for them, who
they get to replace. The change brought about if Wenger goes from
the club is huge. We mentioned United before. We saw one guy being
there the 26 years, and the people at the club was huge. It will be the
same at Arsenal. That club is modelled to Wenger. Everything that
happens there has gone through him. He is omnipresent, and he controls
everything. They will want some time to be able to plot their next path
if he does decide to go. It is very interesting, it does look like he
will make his own decision, Wenger. They have been clear in the past
that Wenger will pick his moment ago. Should it be his decision? I
don't think so. At any other football club around the land, the
chairman and the board have their say. It is, but I believe the
Arsenal board are showing some respect Arsene Wenger. They saying,
we are not going to sack you, we are not prepared to do that after the
service you provided to the club. We would like it to be your decision to
move on. They are showing him the respect, and hope what they consider
is the right decision. What do you think the players want, Alex?
Whether we like it or not, we have seen what goes on at other clubs,
player power exists, we know it is exists. In the dressing room, people
will want him to stay, and some will want him to leave. Once that play
every week will him to stay. That is what it is like image dressing room.
Players there will be happy, but it will be a mixed bag. There will be
an obvious divide. Especially the players not playing. But you get to
the point where players like Alexis Sanchez, I think they want more.
They want to be competing at the top. It gets to a point where they
are thinking, Arsene Wenger doesn't seem to be the man to do it. They
will want to bring in better players. There is such uncertainty
about Arsenal at the minute. Back in my time, I have played for managers,
David Moyes left of his own will, Roberto Martinez was under a cloud,
and ended up getting the sack. For the period before that, there was
such uncertainty for the players of being there next year. What was
going to happen? Are we looking to strengthen the team? Will I fit in
with the new manager? So much is going on that there is such big
uncertainty and you don't know where the club is going. What is it like
listening to the same voice, you had David Moyes for so long at that
club, sometimes does it get to a point where players need to be
reinvigorated and tested? I think they probably do. It depends on the
type of manager you have got. I have got to be honest, David Moyes is the
type that is in your face. If he feels that you are not doing it, he
will demand it from you. For everything I hear about Arsene
Wenger in Arsenal's dressing room, he is quiet and lets people get on
with things. That type of manager will be more susceptible to the
lethargy that comes with uncertainty of not knowing who the new manager
is coming in. An interesting piece in the Sunday Times survey by
Jonathan North Croft. If you take a look at this, it is basically about
the young talent that Arsene Wenger brought to the club. People like
Aaron Ramsey, Karl Jenkins, and Jack Wilshere, James, and a suggestion
from here that there are questions about whether he can get the best
out of the British talent. The players that have been written about
today, can they improve? You mentioned Gibbs and Walcott as well,
can't you. Wilshere is a difficult one. They look to him as the one
with the talent that they thought would become the creative fulcrum of
their midfield 47-8 years. -- the 7-8 years. He has massively been
debilitated by injuries. Some of the other players, have they actually
have the quality and the skill set to get Arsenal to the level that
they want to? I would maybe argue not in the case of Jenkinson and
Kieran Gibbs. You mean, initially? They have definitely been good
Arsenal squad players, but are they actually good enough to win games,
dictate that team? We have seen some English players down the years that
have been the driving forces in their side. Walcott, you know, he
has flattered to deceive at times. There have been moments where you
have thought he is turning a corner and the penny is dropping, but he
falls short. Aaron Ramsey, very gifted, but hasn't really, sort of,
dominated in a way that they would have hoped. That has been the issue.
Have they been quite good enough to start with to get Arsenal to wear
they want to? Maybe they have had some of the from players coming in,
if they had been of a better quality, bringing different
attribute to the team. You might have seen those players kick off.
Only Arsene Wenger knows how they are performing in training, only
Arsene Wenger knows whether he sees whether they are capable of getting
through all the games, but I just feel that to get the best out of
these young players from 21-24, they need to play every week. There is a
rotation that goes on at Arsenal that they never get a head of steam
up. Wilshere in and out of the team, picking up injuries.
Oxlade-Chamberlain can never find a position, he picks up injuries
because he is in and out of the team. On the flip side, Aaron Ramsey
had a whole season in the team and was arguably Player of the Season
because he played regularly. Since then, there is so much rotation at
Arsenal that you can't get a set team. There is so much choice that
he wants to keep them all happy, and you suffer for it. Being brutal and
if we are honest, and Arsenal fans won't want to hear this as well,
Alex, if you look at the quality of European football we have seen, the
magnificent game midweek, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal
were few million eight, and it shouldn't happen to them. It comes
down to the squad that Arsene Wenger has assembled, it is not good enough
to compete at the top level. You could say that, and the result
against Bayern Munich, 10-2, it is a very bad result. We all know that.
The players have is bonded in the right way yesterday. I know they
were playing Lincoln, no disrespect to them, to win 5-0 will give them
confidence. But when you compete with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, where
Arsenal fans want to get to, they are a million miles off at the
minute. To compete with those players, you have to spend the
money. I know he has spent money, and when you spend it, you have to
buy the right players. Are they top, top European players? They have not
shown it. What might they have spent a lot of money. They have got to do
better. Recruitment has got to be better. A lot of England's top clubs
would struggle against Bayern Munich. I don't think that is
necessarily... Manchester City would be beaten 10- to? I am sure they
wouldn't be, but as we have seen all teams have struggled in the
Champions League in recent years -- 10-2. The difference is, certainly
in the Premier League, they look well short of Chelsea, and even
Spurs at times. So the jump to Bayern Munich, that ilk of team, it
is getting greater. The great frustration for Arsenal fans is, it
is not that they have been miles and miles away, they always seem to be
perennially 2-3 players short. They are just not resilient enough,
they seem flimsy when the going gets tough. They are not physically
dominating to grind a result out. Chelsea can accommodate a physically
dominant. Look back years ago when Arsene Wenger and his team were
dominating, Vieira, Adams, they were big guys. I don't see Arsenal having
that. If you are ever stuck in a bar with
Martin, he will say he would look around at dressing room and he would
see Vieira, at Old Trafford, he would think, we are winning because
we have a team of battlers are really hard men.
I was fortunate to play against the Arsenal team. People think Vieira
was a powerhouse, Tony Adams. But you looked at Pires, they were
monsters. Over Miles. Not in size but they had the blend.
Perez, the flair player, 6-foot three inches, strong, physically
built. Arsene Wenger's teams have come so far away from that. When the
going gets tough, if they don't play well and dominate, they don't win
games. You can turn up, Ozil, Number ten. Arsenal have two or three, you
can outplay the bottom clubs but go to Chelsea, there are too many
players not doing enough work. Great discussion, Wenger, in or out?
We don't know. You are saying out? You don't know. Respectfully out,
well said. Half term -- Half-time at the Old
Firm clash. The opening 25 minutes, Rangers
started really well, Waghorn should have given them the lead. Craig
Gordon said that, it was vital. Stuart Armstrong fired in from 20
yards. Rangers did not sustain further damage to give them the
chance to regroup at the break. 60,000 at the east end of Glasgow.
Thank you. From 1:30pm on BBC One,
the FA Cup quarterfinal Eilidh Barbour's already
in position at White Hart Lane. The stage is set for the penultimate
game of this FA Cup quarterfinal weekend, sure to be a tasty one.
Spurs might be for dictators above, but Neil Harris and his side are on
a 17 match unbeaten run which includes knocking out three
Premiership sides. I am joined by Michael Dawson, former Spurs
captain, and Teddy Sheringham who played with both sides. Millwall say
they fear no one, had difficult will they be?
Really difficult. I have seen them a couple of times this year, really
impressed with Neal Harris, a real unity. They will come here today and
enjoy the day. Michael, I think Mauricio Pochettino
underestimated lower League opponents last time, you must be
expecting a strong Spurs side today. The FA Cup can have upsets, and it
was nearly with Wickham. Millwall, but they have done in the League and
FA Cup is impressive. Harry Kane, a lot said about how
well he has been playing recently. What was he like to play alongside?
He is a finisher. Teddy was a finisher. And probably watches him
with pleasure. If he gets half a sniff, as with
Everton, it ends up at the back of the net. Another two hat-tricks in
the past few weeks. He cut his teeth at Millwall, what
is it like come up against a team you have played for?
We had Harry speak in the week about his affection for Millwall. It is a
good ground for any young player. They put you to the sword as fans.
If you come through, you have half a chance of building your character
and becoming a footballer which is what Harry did at Millwall and is
proving to go on to bigger and better things with Spurs.
Neal Harris, you played with him at Millwall, what has he brought to the
club, not just results, but a sense of unity in the community.
I didn't actually play with Neal. He played in an era at the old Den, you
get a feeling of how things are amongst the supporters. He has
brought that along as a player and a coach and manager. He knows all
about Millwall and the feeling at the club. It is special. They will
be a formidable team to play against. A big ask for Tottenham.
Millwall will enjoy themselves. Prediction, Michael?
3-1, Spurs. A little closer, maybe 2-1, Spurs.
Thank you very much, all looking very sharp.
I am used to seeing him in a tracksuit!
Mauricio Pochettino has done a great job, they have to win a trophy.
You look at Spurs, they have developed well under Mauricio
Pochettino. They nearly won the title last season, got close this
season, they need that first piece of silverware to develop the club.
Jose Mourinho likes to do it, at Chelsea, at Manchester United.
I feel that is where Spurs are. Millwall will have something to say.
Are you a romantic for the FA Cup, do you want the four big boys in?
It has been terrific, the FA Cup, the upsets this year, getting to the
quarterfinals. Millwall, there will be something quite exciting for the
big boys in the semifinal. When you get to that stage, he would like to
see ultra competitive games and perhaps a really good final. It is a
big ask on their hands, Millwall. You like the romance up until the
quarterfinal point. But if you are tuning in to watch it, a top
Premiership team against a championships team which has
happened on occasion, it is an anti-climax.
We got there as well! Hull City almost beat Arsenal.
Do you fancy Millwall to swing a surprise?
Not funny. It will be a good tie, a Derby down there Tottenham will be
too strong. Lots of FA Cup action. And a big day
in the Premiership, three fixtures, what a win for Hull City?
Exactly what we needed. In recent weeks they haven't picked up too
many points. It was a must win game. They came up with the goods.
Did you play alongside Lou Massey at Everton?
I have to be honest, Nouiasse. You have seen how Roberto Martinez
treated him and Ronald Koeman. It is great to see him having gone to
Holland and found his feet and scoring goals.
He has obviously been frustrated at Everton. The games I have seen him,
he has been a handful. He gave an interview where he said
he had no idea why he was frozen out. He has gone to Hull City. He
has been fired up by the experience at Goodison.
There is back. He is working with a very able coach. Look at Silva
coming in. I thought the likes of Snodgrass were going because they
wanted to get rid of some big earners and get money in, in
anticipation of the Premiership. Silva said that is not the case. He
wanted to build his team. I have watched them quite a bit
recently. They look so well drilled as a team. Actually very fluid going
forward. Supporting the attack pretty well. Before it was an issue
getting the best out of Tom Huddlestone. There has always been
an abundance of talent. But doing it on a consistent basis has been
difficult. He looks like a manager who believes, and playing much, very
much to his strength. I fancy them to stay up.
Sometimes, you are always, no matter how good a player you are, if you
don't fit in with the management style, you have no chance. I don't
think this was the player they thought they were getting. Hull are
now getting the best out of him. Man City, is Aguero a Pep Guardiola
player. There is talking the men be there next season. He has brought
Jesus into gently push Aguero away. Maybe he doesn't super-team.
This can happen. Alex, I talked to you in December about Hull City. You
are on loan at Wigan. Hull City is your parent club. He said there was
confident they could get out of trouble.
Is there still that feeling? They have been in that relegation
battle before. They have experience with Dawson, Davies, McGuire. That
will stand them in good stead. Middlesbrough haven't really
experienced it. They have just been away to a training camp in Portugal
working hard. I have seen the preparation and organisation. The
way he started as manager has been very good.
Marco Silvestri the ground sharing with Hull FC, the Rugby League side,
it is impossible. They played at the KCOM on Friday, then Premiership
football, hardly ideal, the next day.
The pitch will get cut up terribly. I was in Russia with United last
week, the pitch was diabolical. It can get cut up quickly. Wigan
have had those battles, rugby and football being played on it.
For markers of them that will be frustrating. He will want everything
he can -- Marco Silva. It depends who you are playing.
Playing Man City. Swansea. Sometimes it will super-team. It could make it
more difficult. Let us talk about Swansea City.
Given the result yesterday. It has died them straight back into it. One
moment they are thinking a couple of results we might be out of the
relegation worries around Easter. Suddenly they are back in it.
The run Swansea had over recent weeks, many thought that is it.
It was a must win as Alex said for Hull yesterday and they got that.
Now Swansea amongst other teams are back in there. I watched a bit of
the game yesterday. When Llorente went off, they had a few injuries.
In the first half they controlled proceedings.
Then they fell to pieces. When you take your main goal threat
out of the team, the opposition get a boost. When they saw the Venter
go, the lads would have had a boost. They have teams in and around them
to play so there is hope for Swansea.
They are better equipped to get out of it?
Hull and Swansea of the form teams at the bottom. They had a difficult
one fixtures. Their promises even in defeat against the big boys says a
lot about where they are going. Look at Crystal and Middlesbrough,
they have really difficult run-ins. Whole, Swansea have a favourable set
of fixtures to come. They have momentum and form and looked like
they have belief. They look like they can score goals. I expect both
to steer clear. It will be close. Who is going down? Palace might call
with Middlesbrough. So Sam is not going to keep them on? We will have
two C. -- we will have to see. The other side maybe don't have the same
pace and quality that Palace and Sam have at their disposal? Absolutely.
As Sam went into the Crystal Palace dressing room, he rubbed his hands
together and thought it was brewing. He has never joined a team at the
bottom of such talent. But you can't get the talent to work as hard as it
needs to come and get them to perform, then you will be in
trouble. Hard-working teams will always outperform. They have
something like five of the top six to come. And all of the teams at the
top are fighting. That is a good point. It is really competitive up
there. That is the problem. If it was a different run in four Palace,
you would always back Sam Allardyce to get them out. That might well end
up being the case, but he has a tough task on his hands. Palace fans
switching off now, well done, James. Here's a question for you, Alex and
Leon, Josh King, he scores but missed a penalty, then gets another
penalty, then Benik Afobe gets the next, and misses. As a player, would
you take the next penalty? I would be halfway down the tunnel, to be
honest. I would run as far away from the penalty as I could. I was
hopeless at penalties! I was fortunate to have someone like
Leighton Baines, who was unbelievably good at taking
penalties. He was very confident stepping up. Some players would like
to argue over it. Some players are confident. But ultimately, stepping
up to put the ball on the spot, he has got to be confident. We had
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the studio yesterday. He was
disappointed. He said, if you are the penalty taker and you have
missed one but scored, you should be taking the second penalty. It would
be hats off to anyone that has missed one to show character to take
one again. It is a problem for Bournemouth, because they were two
dire penalties, missing the target with the first one. It would be nice
for him to take it again, but I am sure Afobe... I was told off by
Geneva Hasselbaink for saying it was a rubbish penalty. He said it was a
good save by the goalkeeper. Where do you sit on that? -- Jimmy Floyd
Hasselbaink. Now the goalkeepers are turning off! If it is going in the
corner and it is safe, it is a good save. It was a poor penalty and an
OK say. With regards to penalties, what usually happens is, you have a
guy on penalties, and a guy jumping on the bit to take a penalty. The
rule is, if you miss one, I am on them. He scored from the penalties
but against United in a previous week. Watching Josh King, his
reaction after missing that penalty. He ended up scoring a hat-trick, he
didn't let the penalty miss go to his head at all. Actually, his
response and his reaction was outstanding. In that sense, seeing
that resilient streak he has, I was a bit surprised he didn't step up
and take it, because I don't think he is a player that shies away.
You are based here and you cover Manchester City and Manchester
United, how much of Josh King had you seen at United? He made a couple
of substitute appearances in the first team. I saw him a bit in the
reserves. He was 14 when he came from Norway. He was well thought of.
A tidy player, certainly when he moved to Blackburn, a lot of people
thought, United have a good player in the making there. It didn't quite
work out for him. You are starting to see in the past two seasons at
Bournemouth, he is delivering on that promise. You almost forget, we
said it off air, he is Norwegian. It looks like he has been here forever,
classically English, strong centre forward. He has a good touch. You
are starting to see he has an eye for goal as well. For him having
that confidence, playing regularly, it has maybe brought him up to
another level. Is he a top striker? I think he is some way off that yet.
But he has been key for Bournemouth this year. The first time ever,
Eddie Howe celebrating with a player getting the winning goal, the first
time you see Eddie Howe unruffled. He is so calm in front of camera. A
lot of that is down to getting three points, because he knows he is in a
battle. But also, he has been publicly critical of the FA, saying
that five matches is harsh on Tyrone Mings, does he have a point, Alex?
He does a little bit. Only Tyrone Mings knows if he meant it or not.
If he did, in five games is probably fair. It shows how much pressure are
on these games. As you say, Eddie Howe is normally a cool customer. He
was doing a Jose Sa the touchline yesterday. It obviously meant a lot
to get the three points. The draw last week, the Bournemouth lads have
taken confident out of that. The Tyrone Mings incident and the
aftermath, is that something, James, that you think might be able to
galvanise the club and the togetherness in the dressing room in
a relegation battle? To a degree, possibly. I think there is more a
sense of injustice on Bournemouth's part. I think they genuinely feel he
has been harshly treated, it is that more than anything else that might
galvanise them. I was slaughtered on social media last week for
suggesting it was far from clear cut that Tyrone Mings meant it. I think
if you see before he surveys the wreckage in front of him, he looks
at Rooney and Ibrahimovic, puts his hand, and make a big leap. He is not
looking anywhere, he is not looking at Ibrahimovic. He is looking ahead
and to the side. I think, clearly, obviously, it looked bad, but I was
surprised that the FA came down so heavily, because I didn't think it
was that clear cut. Are you saying three and three would have been
fairer? That would have been fairer. Ibrahimovic has clearly
intentionally elbowed him. There are a lot of pros that have argued
otherwise and said that he knows what he is doing. Having looked
closely at his body language, his line of sight, what he was doing
when he made the jump, I am far from convinced that it was deliberate. It
was a shame it resulted in that because it was a good, old-fashioned
scrap. They both gave each other a little bit. They came out after the
game and said they enjoyed the physical battle. For that to happen,
it put a damper on on the afternoon. Your opinion, Leon? I think it was
dangerous. I don't know if he meant it, like Alex said, only he will
know. If you can see someone is lying on the floor and his head is
down. You have got to avoid it. Make sure you jump ten yards further or
landowner backside or something. You can't have a chance of standing on
someone's head. In my opinion, it was dangerous and deserved a ban. Do
you think five is justified? No, three would have been fine, but once
you start appealing things, it is always going to be made even bigger.
It was dangerous play, clearly, that's why he has got it. It is the
extra two matches because they thought it was intentional, I would
argue that. Let's go back to White Hart Lane, a cracking quarterfinal
coming up on BBC One, Tottenham against Millwall. Here is the team
is. A shrunk Tottenham team to reach the
semifinals for the first time in five years. Four changes from the
3-2 win against Everton last weekend, trivia in at right back the
Kyle Walker, Winks comes in for Dembele, who is not on the bench.
There are two changes for Millwall, unbeaten in their last 17 games, a
big blow for their goalkeeper Jordan Aja who started his career at top
them, but he is not fit today. Tom King continues between the sticks.
Morrison starts with Gregory, and Jed Wallace on loan from
Wolverhampton comes on. Millwall have blocked out three Premier
League teams so far on their own patch, can they repeat the triggered
White Hart Lane? Don't forget to join Gary Lineker and the team 1:30.
Plain sailing for Manchester City yesterday in the FA Cup quarterfinal
at the Riverside. COMMENTATOR: Toure looking for
Zabaleta, who is free. Surely in the end it's got to go in. It does from
David Silva. A disastrous start for Middlesbrough, just past the two
minute mile. Manchester City already in front.
Leadbetter's corner, and they haven't! Claudio Bravo almost
conceding. Here's the second one. Just over.
Here goes de Bruyne. He's got Sterling away to his right. He's
seen him. Raheem Sterling looking for Aguero. Middlesbrough survive
yet again. Silva, well worked. Sane in full
stride. In towards Aguero... Finally! The scoreline has a more
realistic look about it. Sergio Aguero, four in four in the FA Cup.
STUDIO: If we are honest, it was all too easy for Manchester City
yesterday, but what they need given the huge week they have. A big
testing week, Monaco in the Champions League, it is finely
balanced, Guardiola says that if they do not score, they will go out.
A big week for them. Particularly after the disappointing result
against Stoke three, drawing 0-0, that was a cakewalk for them
yesterday, evidence yet again of how exhilarating they can be going
forward. Talking of cakes, I never thought I would say it on live
television, you saw Ibrahimovic in a cafe be was eating a cake? No, he is
a bit healthy. Were you eating a cake? I was. That is the difference
between me and Zlatan! He is a beast of a man, I have never seen such a
big, physical presence. He walked in, and you hear people say he is a
big lad. It is Chelsea against Manchester United in the FA Cup as
well live on BBC One tomorrow evening. That is your Sunday and
Monday plan for you. Graeme Souness says
in the Sunday Times that "with Ibrahimovic suspended United
have little or no chance That is what Graeme Souness says,
agree or disagree? Agree, if I am honest. He has been such a
figurehead for them this season. Scoring probably 40% of all of their
goals. He is also assisting them, he is a big physical presence up there.
I think they will really miss him. With Chelsea being social at home, I
can't see anything except a Chelsea win. Little or no chance, James? I
think there is a chance. The issue is for me, less Ibrahimovic being
out, and more fatigue, this will be United's, they have had 45 games
this season, it will be their 46. Chelsea have had 43. Majesty night
it had been to Russia playing on a god awful pitch -- Manchester United
have been to Russia. 5-6 players will come into the team that didn't
feature. They have shown signs in the last few games in the second
half of looking battle weary. I think that will tell tomorrow night.
Particularly when you look at how formidable and aggressive and
strong, Chelsea are, that will be a problem. If they are that reliant on
Zlatan, a number of United fans want Antoine Griezmann. He gave an
interview in the week saying that he is happy in Spain. It shocked a lot
of people. The fans hoping he would come to United. Will it materialise?
It doesn't necessarily mean a great deal. I expect he will move to Old
Trafford in the summer. Clearly, with the big deals, there are always
convocation is an things can change. It looks nailed on in April... They
need to get the Champions League, that has got to be a guarantee,
surely? Not necessarily. It wasn't a factor for Paul Pogba and
Ibrahimovic coming. The framework of a deal is in place with the player.
The problem with a lot of deals is the negotiations with transfers, but
he already has a clause in his contract, if activated, Atletico
Madrid can do nothing about now. There are lots of complexities. It
is complex to invoke clauses, but if they want, he is therefore ?85
million, and there is nothing Atletico can do about it. It is
likely to go semi-only will leave in the summer. He'd of the
extraordinary step of reducing the length of his contract, so he is now
a free agent. There is talk of him going to Italy. That could change.
But if he goes, maybe is it the start of the break-up of that sad,
Diego Godin is a bit older now. I think Antoine Griezmann will go. Is
it possible he will stay in Spain for another year? Yes, but he is 25
and that is a good age to move. Ibrahimovic will stay, I expect. He
will give them another matchwinner, it will give them a game changer
that they need. From a Chelsea perspective, hard to
be at Stamford Bridge? The Arsenal team, Chelsea are the
opposite. They have such a strong spine, physical players and they
have proved this year they don't get beaten. They have a never say die
attitude. It will be a great game tomorrow night. Man United have
improved in recent months. Jose has put his stamp on the game. I would
like to see Wayne Rooney given a chance if he is fit. It is a great
occasion for him to show what he can do.
Really enjoyed your company today, thank your very much this afternoon.
Chelsea v Manchester United is live on BBC One and
You can watch Spurs v Millwall shortly.
And don't forget MOTD2 tonight with highlights
They're calling it an entertainment extravaganza
audience fun and frolics and outrageous shenanigans.