Manchester United’s run of televised FA Cup games comes to an end

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The ESPN FC guys share their thoughts on the FA Cup third-round draw and their fondest memories of the competition.

Manchester United’s FA Cup third-round game against Derby County will not be televised, meaning their run of 58 consecutive televised fixtures in the competition will come to an end.

The 12-year run began in 2004 when a goalless draw between the then FA Cup holders and Exeter was not televised.

Arsenal, the current holders, will begin the defence of their title on TV after the game against Nottingham Forest was selected for coverage alongside Liverpool vs. Everton, Brighton vs. Crystal Palace, Norwich vs. Chelsea, Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs. Leicester and Shrewsbury vs. West Ham.

The Merseyside derby at Anfield will be played on Friday, Jan. 5, and followed by Leicester’s trip to League One Fleetwood or non-league Hereford on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Chelsea’s away game at Norwich will be shown later that day, while West Ham, Arsenal and Brighton vs. Palace are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 7.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports that the derby match between Brighton and Palace will be the first competitive match in England in which video replays will be called upon to determine refereeing decisions.

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