Sheffield United fans rejoiced in unison as their team defeated Blackburn Rovers in dramatic fashion to reach the FA Cup semi-finals – however, they were less enthusiastic upon learning that they had been drawn against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
This is a tough draw for the Blades for several reasons. Of course, there’s the obvious reason – Manchester City are currently one of the strongest teams in world football and Guardiola tries to win every competition the Citizens are involved in.
However, perhaps more damningly, both James McAtee and Tommy Doyle will be unable to play, as City is their parent club. To miss out on the services of two key players in such a difficult game will be a massive blow to the Blades’ FA Cup dreams – here’s what the fans had to say about the situation.
Yessss. Brighton in final. Get in!!
— Oscar (@oscarsufc) March 19, 2023
The one team we didn’t want to draw 😭 Let the City lads play Pep!
— Nathaniel Dargue (@NathanielDargue) March 19, 2023
Hoping City allow McAtee and Doyle to play for us. They deserve a crack at Wembley. Been so important for us this season. Guessing it’s down to whatever is in their contract!
— Richard Parker ❤️🤍🖤⚔️ 🧡🏒💙🤍🏒 (@Richard_Parker) March 19, 2023
Disappointed that McAtee and Doyle won’t be able to play. They have worked so hard for us.
— Mrs C (@MrsClark1889) March 19, 2023
Tight on mcatee and Doyle. Hope there’s something that can be done to let them play. Be some experience for the lads that!
— Laurent Cabrelli (@lozcabrelli) March 19, 2023
Sheffield United will compete in the semi final of the FA Cup for the third time this century, and looking to clinch promotion to the top flight for the 3rd time.
Well below expectations of a club our size.
Meanwhile Sheffield Wednesday will play Forest Green on saturday….
— Hallowed Blade (@Hallowes_Blade) March 19, 2023
Sheffield United last reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup back in 2014, where they were knocked out in a thrilling encounter with fellow Yorkshire outfit Hull City.
Manchester City have been upset by lower-tier opposition in the FA Cup before – in 2018, they were shockingly knocked out of the competition by League One Wigan Athletic.
It’s a very tough ask for Sheffield United, especially without two of their most important players – one of whom scored the winning goal against Blackburn. It’s unlikely that they’ll progress, but regardless, the Blades can be extremely proud of their FA Cup bravery this season.