Solskjaer clearly remembers his meetings with Arsenal very fondly. The Gunners may no longer by United’s biggest rivals, but this fixture does tend to produce some classics. This is undoubtedly the standout tie of the fourth round, bringing together the competition’s two most successful sides. The teams are out on the field and kickoff is just moments away.
Following consecutive annihilations in their opening two Premier League apparatuses, Unai Emery’s side left on a noteworthy 22-diversion unbeaten run, which included 13 sequential triumphs in all rivalries. After at long last unhinging against Southampton in mid-December, the hosts have hit a sticky fix of type recently, with a 1-0 crush at West Ham United a fortnight prior as a distinct difference to a weekend ago’s 2-0 prevail upon Chelsea. In spite of being thumped out by Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round last season, the Gunners have delighted in achievement in the FA Cup as of late, winning the challenge in three of the last five seasons. In this current season’s third round, the north London furnish were agreeable 3-0 champs over League One side Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. Craig Pawson will be the man in the center for Friday night’s glass tie. The 39-year-old ref from Sheffield will assume responsibility of his second United apparatus of the season, having been in control for the Reds’ 3-0 thrashing to Tottenham back in August. Pawson will be helped by Eddie Smart and Constantine Hatzidakis. Paul Tierney, who assumed responsibility of a weekend ago’s 2-1 prevail upon Brighton, will be the fourth official. Chris Kavanagh will be the Video Assistant Referee, with the help of Gary Beswick. This will be United’s third match of the crusade in which VAR will be in activity, in front of the innovation being presented in the Champions League one month from now and the Premier League next season. Two FA Cup monsters meet at the Emirates on Friday in the eye-getting conflict of the fourth round draw.