Five Memorable FA Cup Shocks
February 19, 2016
The FA Cup is back once again this weekend and boy has the Fifth Round pulled out some crackers. Premier League champions Chelsea take on Manchester City whilst Hull have the chance to earn revenge on Arsenal for the past two seasons.
Shrewsbury vs Manchester United could cause the biggest shock of the weekend on Monday night, with bookies placing them at 11/1 to beat Louis van Gaal’s men. If they did it would be one of the greatest FA Cup upsets of all time joining these unforgettable afternoons…
Cambridge United 0-0 Manchester United (Fourth round 2015)
The fourth round of the 2015 edition of the FA Cup saw 11-time Cup winners Manchester United drawn against Championship side Cambridge United. With the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria in the starting line-up, it was expected that Manchester United would emerge victorious. Contrastingly, Cambridge United proved a hard nut to crack for Louis van Gaal’s men. Cambridge United were as resolute in their attacking play as they were in defending. The match ended goalless with Chris Dunn the Cambridge United goalkeeper emerging as the surprise hero.
Norwich City 0-1 Luton Town (Fourth Round 2013)
Luton Town became the first non-league team to beat a top-flight side in the Premier League era when they dispatched of Norwich City on January 26th, 2013. Despite facing relegation, Norwich City were favourites to win the match. However, it was to be a long night for the Canaries as they lost 1-0 courtesy of Scott Rendell’s 81st-minute strike. Expectedly, the home side created most of the chances with Leon Barnett and Grant Holt missing two glorious chances. Towards the end of the match, Luton Town had to soak up pressure from Norwich to grab a victory fit for the history books.
Chelsea 2-4 Bradford City (Fourth Round 2015)
Chelsea looked well on course to bag a treble in the 2014/2015 season only to be knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Bradford City. Goals from Gary Cahill and Ramires put the league leaders in front 38 minutes into the match. Minutes before half time John Stead pulled one back for the visitors. In the second half, Bradford equalised through Filipe Morais. It was to be a glorious moment for the League One side as they slotted in three goals past Petr Cech in the second half to make it Chelsea 2-4 Bradford City.
Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United (Third Round 2010)
Prior to the draw with Cambridge United in 2015, Manchester United had been involved in another shock result in 2010. This time, it was against League One side Leeds United. Despite the home side dominating possession it was the visitors who took the lead through a Jermaine Beckford strike. The 11-time FA Cup winners were unable to equalise and lost 1-0 to their fierce rivals.
Manchester City 0-1 Wigan Athletic (2013 Final)
The 2013 FA Cup final was between relegation threatened Wigan Athletic and Manchester City. After losing the Premier League title race to rivals Manchester United, it was expected that the citizens would bag the FA Cup. This was not to be as Roberto Mancini’s men were reduced to 10 players in the 84th minute when Pablo Zabaleta was shown a red card for a second bookable offence. In stoppage time, Ben Watson headed in a Shaun Maloney corner kick to give the Latics the lead. Manchester City was unable to get an equaliser and the cup went to Wigan.