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In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Why the quadruple remains English football's impossible dream
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Why the quadruple remains English football's impossible dream
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Why the quadruple remains English football's impossible dream
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Why the quadruple remains English football's impossible dream
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Brighton’s Connor Goldson celebrates after scoring against Coventry, who brought 4,500 fans to the south coast; Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, and Steve Davies scores Rochdale’s late equaliser.
FA Cup fifth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action
Brighton’s Connor Goldson celebrates after scoring against Coventry, who brought 4,500 fans to the south coast; Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, and Steve Davies scores Rochdale’s late equaliser.
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Brighton’s Chris Hughton is the only serving Premier League manager to have won the FA Cup as a player.
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Brighton’s Chris Hughton is the only serving Premier League manager to have won the FA Cup as a player.
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
The magic supply was running dangerously low in the FA Cup fifth round, until Steve Davies scored an unlikely equaliser for Rochdale against Spurs at Spotland. Charlie Eccleshare joins host Thom Gibbs to examine all the weekend's Cup football, and dip a reluctant toe into the increasingly tedious waters of VAR. Former Reading and Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, now with Brighton, talks to Total Football about mid-season tours and whether West Bromwich Albion's ill-fated trip to Barcelona is typical of the genre. Then Telegraph Sport's Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace talks about the Barry Bennell case, and what it means for football as a whole. Here's how to listen: iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1266640345 Android - http://totalfootball.telegraph.co.uk/feed/ (link must be pasted into a podcast app) Online - https://totalfootball.telegraph.co.uk/
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The magic supply was running dangerously low in the FA Cup fifth round, until Steve Davies scored an unlikely equaliser for Rochdale against Spurs at Spotland. Charlie Eccleshare joins host Thom Gibbs to examine all the weekend's Cup football, and dip a reluctant toe into the increasingly tedious waters of VAR. Former Reading and Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, now with Brighton, talks to Total Football about mid-season tours and whether West Bromwich Albion's ill-fated trip to Barcelona is typical of the genre. Then Telegraph Sport's Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace talks about the Barry Bennell case, and what it means for football as a whole. Here's how to listen: iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1266640345 Android - http://totalfootball.telegraph.co.uk/feed/ (link must be pasted into a podcast app) Online - https://totalfootball.telegraph.co.uk/
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
FD: United advance in FA Cup, Spurs face replay
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
FD: United advance in FA Cup, Spurs face replay
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
FD: United advance in FA Cup, Spurs face replay
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
FD: United advance in FA Cup, Spurs face replay
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
Manchester United secured an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Brighton & Hove Albion in a manner that can only be ­described as straightforward. Despite the build-up and aftermath being dominated by ­questions over Paul Pogba – a man who may or may not have recovered from ­illness in time for Wednesday’s trip to Seville – they never looked in danger for a moment against a ­determined, gutsy but ultimately limited, Huddersfield Town team. They scored twice from ­lightning quick breakaways and might well have had a third were it not for the latest video assistant referee ­controversy. In many ways, this was the default Jose Mourinho performance: contained, controlled, efficient. And about as exciting as reading a washing machine instruction manual. Still, Mourinho expressed a ­significant degree of satisfaction with what was achieved. Not least because, due to a sudden flurry of injuries – with Pogba succumbing to a bug on the morning of the match – apart from David De Gea, he was unable to give any of his players the weekend off ahead of the critical Champions League tie in Spain against Sevilla. “Look, I didn’t rest one single player so we had every player ­available. I didn’t rest anyone, I brought two kids that played yesterday [Friday] 90 minutes because I don’t have another player,” ­Mourinho ­explained, in what may well have been a dig at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who recently named only six substitutes against Burnley, insisting he couldn’t call up youth players ­because they had played the day ­before. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. I think [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera and [Antonio] Valencia have a chance. Paul [Pogba] I don’t know. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, ­Marouane, [Fellaini], Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] – I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problem.” Gutted I won’t be at Huddersfield but I need to get better. Come on United ���� @ManUtd— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) February 17, 2018 Mourinho was, understandably, frustrated by Pogba’s late withdrawl. Not least because he had planned to use him in apparently his favourite position – on the left of a midfield three – in a bid to help him recover some form and ­confidence as the business end of the season approaches. Instead, the United manager was obliged to call on the services of the veteran Michael Carrick who, at 36, may be many things – calm, ­accurate, disciplined – but one for future he isn’t. Still, the United manager will have noted one thing about the way his side brushed aside David ­Wagner’s team: Alexis Sanchez’s eye for a killer pass has not been dulled by his move from Arsenal. The Chilean had spent much of the first half looking increasingly dispirited as his team-mates drifted ever deeper in their attempt to smother Huddersfield’s busy ­midfield probing. He could be seen constantly waving colleagues ­forward, when Mourinho might have hoped he had joined them in defensive duties. But just after half time, he took matters into his own hands and supplied the game’s one standout moment: a laser-guided return ball into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who barrelled forward and scored. Sanchez drifted in and out of the game Credit: Getty images The Belgian’s finish – as it had been when he latched on to an ­almost equally telling ball from Juan Mata after just three minutes for the opener – was not as true as he might have hoped. Oddly, that worked to his ­advantage, as Jonas Lossl in the Huddersfield goal seemed to ­misread his shot, perhaps anticipating a clean strike. Throughout his career, Lukaku has tended to score goals in patches. And if, with Sanchez providing a new supply of ammunition, he has rediscovered a scoring touch ­temporarily mislaid after his ­blistering start in a United shirt, his timing could not be better. Certainly his midfield colleague Nemanja Matic, who spent much of the game scurrying and scrapping but seldom dominating possession, seemed relieved that the Lukaku mojo has resurfaced. “He is important for us,” Matic suggested. “It’s very important for his confidence that he is scoring goals and he is a great striker, very strong and he is still young, I am sure he will be important for us ­until the end of the season.” As for Pogba, Mourinho said he had no clue if the Frenchman would be available for the European tie. He could only express hope that his midfield lynchpin enjoys a swift ­recovery. While wildcat rumours circulated after their defeat at ­Newcastle United of a dressing-room bust-up were fanciful, there is no denying that the Frenchman has looked out of sorts of late. While there is relief in the fact his main striker has rediscovered the route to goal, the manager knows that, without a fully committed, fully engaged Pogba, his chances of further advance in Europe are limited indeed.
Paul Pogba could go straight back in to Man Utd team for Sevilla game
Manchester United secured an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Brighton & Hove Albion in a manner that can only be ­described as straightforward. Despite the build-up and aftermath being dominated by ­questions over Paul Pogba – a man who may or may not have recovered from ­illness in time for Wednesday’s trip to Seville – they never looked in danger for a moment against a ­determined, gutsy but ultimately limited, Huddersfield Town team. They scored twice from ­lightning quick breakaways and might well have had a third were it not for the latest video assistant referee ­controversy. In many ways, this was the default Jose Mourinho performance: contained, controlled, efficient. And about as exciting as reading a washing machine instruction manual. Still, Mourinho expressed a ­significant degree of satisfaction with what was achieved. Not least because, due to a sudden flurry of injuries – with Pogba succumbing to a bug on the morning of the match – apart from David De Gea, he was unable to give any of his players the weekend off ahead of the critical Champions League tie in Spain against Sevilla. “Look, I didn’t rest one single player so we had every player ­available. I didn’t rest anyone, I brought two kids that played yesterday [Friday] 90 minutes because I don’t have another player,” ­Mourinho ­explained, in what may well have been a dig at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who recently named only six substitutes against Burnley, insisting he couldn’t call up youth players ­because they had played the day ­before. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. I think [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera and [Antonio] Valencia have a chance. Paul [Pogba] I don’t know. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, ­Marouane, [Fellaini], Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] – I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problem.” Gutted I won’t be at Huddersfield but I need to get better. Come on United ���� @ManUtd— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) February 17, 2018 Mourinho was, understandably, frustrated by Pogba’s late withdrawl. Not least because he had planned to use him in apparently his favourite position – on the left of a midfield three – in a bid to help him recover some form and ­confidence as the business end of the season approaches. Instead, the United manager was obliged to call on the services of the veteran Michael Carrick who, at 36, may be many things – calm, ­accurate, disciplined – but one for future he isn’t. Still, the United manager will have noted one thing about the way his side brushed aside David ­Wagner’s team: Alexis Sanchez’s eye for a killer pass has not been dulled by his move from Arsenal. The Chilean had spent much of the first half looking increasingly dispirited as his team-mates drifted ever deeper in their attempt to smother Huddersfield’s busy ­midfield probing. He could be seen constantly waving colleagues ­forward, when Mourinho might have hoped he had joined them in defensive duties. But just after half time, he took matters into his own hands and supplied the game’s one standout moment: a laser-guided return ball into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who barrelled forward and scored. Sanchez drifted in and out of the game Credit: Getty images The Belgian’s finish – as it had been when he latched on to an ­almost equally telling ball from Juan Mata after just three minutes for the opener – was not as true as he might have hoped. Oddly, that worked to his ­advantage, as Jonas Lossl in the Huddersfield goal seemed to ­misread his shot, perhaps anticipating a clean strike. Throughout his career, Lukaku has tended to score goals in patches. And if, with Sanchez providing a new supply of ammunition, he has rediscovered a scoring touch ­temporarily mislaid after his ­blistering start in a United shirt, his timing could not be better. Certainly his midfield colleague Nemanja Matic, who spent much of the game scurrying and scrapping but seldom dominating possession, seemed relieved that the Lukaku mojo has resurfaced. “He is important for us,” Matic suggested. “It’s very important for his confidence that he is scoring goals and he is a great striker, very strong and he is still young, I am sure he will be important for us ­until the end of the season.” As for Pogba, Mourinho said he had no clue if the Frenchman would be available for the European tie. He could only express hope that his midfield lynchpin enjoys a swift ­recovery. While wildcat rumours circulated after their defeat at ­Newcastle United of a dressing-room bust-up were fanciful, there is no denying that the Frenchman has looked out of sorts of late. While there is relief in the fact his main striker has rediscovered the route to goal, the manager knows that, without a fully committed, fully engaged Pogba, his chances of further advance in Europe are limited indeed.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Of all the big name managers taking their teams into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, only one has won it as a player. Brighton manager Chris Hughton lifted the FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 and 1982, and was a losing finalist in 1987. Hughton went some way to avenging his personal 1987 disappointment by leading his Seagulls side to a fifth-round victory over Coventry City, who famously beat Spurs 31 years ago. And now Brighton have the chance to settle a famous old score of their own after being drawn to face Manchester United in the last eight. Brighton lost the 1983 FA Cup final to United after a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley 2-2 when Gordon Smith famously squandered a chance to win it. Hughton says the final stages of the FA Cup are 'as exciting as ever' Credit: Action Images via Reuters That was the last time Brighton were a top-flight club and Hughton is now combining a bid to stay in the Premier League with the club’s best Cup run since 1986. “I don’t think my own FA Cup record gives me an advantage or an edge, but what I do know is what it means to win it,” said Hughton. “The ’81 Cup final was probably the highlight of my career, so I do know how exciting it is to get there. “Building up to this game against Coventry, a lot of the talk was about the ’87 Cup final, which, of course, I played in and we lost. It has been clear that is still a massive moment in the history of Coventry and you always look forwards to those moments. “People at Brighton still remember ’83 and everything that went with it and that’s because, irrespective of all the changes, it’s still a big moment. “When foreign managers come here, that’s what they know about - the magic of this cup competition. We’ve been very much brought up on it and however much we think it is changing, which it is, I think when you get to the latter stages it’s as exciting as ever.” Hughton made nine changes for the visit of League Two Coventry and saw record signing Jurgen Locadia score on his debut and Leonardo Ulloa net for the first time since returning to Brighton on loan from Leicester City. Connor Goldson was on target in between the two strikers. But Hughton may have to field a stronger side for the trip to Old Trafford, having acknowledged that Brighton had been given a relatively comfortable path to the last eight against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry. “I do think we’ve been lucky,” said Hughton. “Palace here, Middlesbrough away, we have had the squad to be able to make changes and still get through. “At this moment, I don’t know how many changes I will make moving forwards. When you are in a quarter-final, you are one game away from a semi-final so there is a lot to think about.” Hughton will certainly have a selection dilemma among his forwards for the remainder of the season, with top scorer Glenn Murray now facing competition from Locadia and Ulloa. Jurgen Locadia scored Brighton's first on Saturday Credit: REUTERS “It’s probably the only area in the squad that we’ve got a lot of players,” said Hughton. “When you think we’ve got the two that played against Coventry, then Glenn, Tomer (Hemed) and Sam Baldock, we’ve got a lot of options and I knew that would cause some headaches. “But it’s such a vitally important area of the pitch that I wanted those options. Yes, it makes life a bit harder but it’s good to have those options. “We are on a good run at the moment and we have got a good changing room, and a lot of players who are involved. At the moment, we have that good feel.” On £14million signing from PSV Eindhoven, Locadia, Hughton added: “You bring a player in because you watch him and you know the type of player he is, but we are still learning about him. You really learn in the game because training is different, they all train well.”
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Of all the big name managers taking their teams into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, only one has won it as a player. Brighton manager Chris Hughton lifted the FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 and 1982, and was a losing finalist in 1987. Hughton went some way to avenging his personal 1987 disappointment by leading his Seagulls side to a fifth-round victory over Coventry City, who famously beat Spurs 31 years ago. And now Brighton have the chance to settle a famous old score of their own after being drawn to face Manchester United in the last eight. Brighton lost the 1983 FA Cup final to United after a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley 2-2 when Gordon Smith famously squandered a chance to win it. Hughton says the final stages of the FA Cup are 'as exciting as ever' Credit: Action Images via Reuters That was the last time Brighton were a top-flight club and Hughton is now combining a bid to stay in the Premier League with the club’s best Cup run since 1986. “I don’t think my own FA Cup record gives me an advantage or an edge, but what I do know is what it means to win it,” said Hughton. “The ’81 Cup final was probably the highlight of my career, so I do know how exciting it is to get there. “Building up to this game against Coventry, a lot of the talk was about the ’87 Cup final, which, of course, I played in and we lost. It has been clear that is still a massive moment in the history of Coventry and you always look forwards to those moments. “People at Brighton still remember ’83 and everything that went with it and that’s because, irrespective of all the changes, it’s still a big moment. “When foreign managers come here, that’s what they know about - the magic of this cup competition. We’ve been very much brought up on it and however much we think it is changing, which it is, I think when you get to the latter stages it’s as exciting as ever.” Hughton made nine changes for the visit of League Two Coventry and saw record signing Jurgen Locadia score on his debut and Leonardo Ulloa net for the first time since returning to Brighton on loan from Leicester City. Connor Goldson was on target in between the two strikers. But Hughton may have to field a stronger side for the trip to Old Trafford, having acknowledged that Brighton had been given a relatively comfortable path to the last eight against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry. “I do think we’ve been lucky,” said Hughton. “Palace here, Middlesbrough away, we have had the squad to be able to make changes and still get through. “At this moment, I don’t know how many changes I will make moving forwards. When you are in a quarter-final, you are one game away from a semi-final so there is a lot to think about.” Hughton will certainly have a selection dilemma among his forwards for the remainder of the season, with top scorer Glenn Murray now facing competition from Locadia and Ulloa. Jurgen Locadia scored Brighton's first on Saturday Credit: REUTERS “It’s probably the only area in the squad that we’ve got a lot of players,” said Hughton. “When you think we’ve got the two that played against Coventry, then Glenn, Tomer (Hemed) and Sam Baldock, we’ve got a lot of options and I knew that would cause some headaches. “But it’s such a vitally important area of the pitch that I wanted those options. Yes, it makes life a bit harder but it’s good to have those options. “We are on a good run at the moment and we have got a good changing room, and a lot of players who are involved. At the moment, we have that good feel.” On £14million signing from PSV Eindhoven, Locadia, Hughton added: “You bring a player in because you watch him and you know the type of player he is, but we are still learning about him. You really learn in the game because training is different, they all train well.”
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Of all the big name managers taking their teams into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, only one has won it as a player. Brighton manager Chris Hughton lifted the FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 and 1982, and was a losing finalist in 1987. Hughton went some way to avenging his personal 1987 disappointment by leading his Seagulls side to a fifth-round victory over Coventry City, who famously beat Spurs 31 years ago. And now Brighton have the chance to settle a famous old score of their own after being drawn to face Manchester United in the last eight. Brighton lost the 1983 FA Cup final to United after a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley 2-2 when Gordon Smith famously squandered a chance to win it. Hughton says the final stages of the FA Cup are 'as exciting as ever' Credit: Action Images via Reuters That was the last time Brighton were a top-flight club and Hughton is now combining a bid to stay in the Premier League with the club’s best Cup run since 1986. “I don’t think my own FA Cup record gives me an advantage or an edge, but what I do know is what it means to win it,” said Hughton. “The ’81 Cup final was probably the highlight of my career, so I do know how exciting it is to get there. “Building up to this game against Coventry, a lot of the talk was about the ’87 Cup final, which, of course, I played in and we lost. It has been clear that is still a massive moment in the history of Coventry and you always look forwards to those moments. “People at Brighton still remember ’83 and everything that went with it and that’s because, irrespective of all the changes, it’s still a big moment. “When foreign managers come here, that’s what they know about - the magic of this cup competition. We’ve been very much brought up on it and however much we think it is changing, which it is, I think when you get to the latter stages it’s as exciting as ever.” Hughton made nine changes for the visit of League Two Coventry and saw record signing Jurgen Locadia score on his debut and Leonardo Ulloa net for the first time since returning to Brighton on loan from Leicester City. Connor Goldson was on target in between the two strikers. But Hughton may have to field a stronger side for the trip to Old Trafford, having acknowledged that Brighton had been given a relatively comfortable path to the last eight against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry. “I do think we’ve been lucky,” said Hughton. “Palace here, Middlesbrough away, we have had the squad to be able to make changes and still get through. “At this moment, I don’t know how many changes I will make moving forwards. When you are in a quarter-final, you are one game away from a semi-final so there is a lot to think about.” Hughton will certainly have a selection dilemma among his forwards for the remainder of the season, with top scorer Glenn Murray now facing competition from Locadia and Ulloa. Jurgen Locadia scored Brighton's first on Saturday Credit: REUTERS “It’s probably the only area in the squad that we’ve got a lot of players,” said Hughton. “When you think we’ve got the two that played against Coventry, then Glenn, Tomer (Hemed) and Sam Baldock, we’ve got a lot of options and I knew that would cause some headaches. “But it’s such a vitally important area of the pitch that I wanted those options. Yes, it makes life a bit harder but it’s good to have those options. “We are on a good run at the moment and we have got a good changing room, and a lot of players who are involved. At the moment, we have that good feel.” On £14million signing from PSV Eindhoven, Locadia, Hughton added: “You bring a player in because you watch him and you know the type of player he is, but we are still learning about him. You really learn in the game because training is different, they all train well.”
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Of all the big name managers taking their teams into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, only one has won it as a player. Brighton manager Chris Hughton lifted the FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 and 1982, and was a losing finalist in 1987. Hughton went some way to avenging his personal 1987 disappointment by leading his Seagulls side to a fifth-round victory over Coventry City, who famously beat Spurs 31 years ago. And now Brighton have the chance to settle a famous old score of their own after being drawn to face Manchester United in the last eight. Brighton lost the 1983 FA Cup final to United after a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley 2-2 when Gordon Smith famously squandered a chance to win it. Hughton says the final stages of the FA Cup are 'as exciting as ever' Credit: Action Images via Reuters That was the last time Brighton were a top-flight club and Hughton is now combining a bid to stay in the Premier League with the club’s best Cup run since 1986. “I don’t think my own FA Cup record gives me an advantage or an edge, but what I do know is what it means to win it,” said Hughton. “The ’81 Cup final was probably the highlight of my career, so I do know how exciting it is to get there. “Building up to this game against Coventry, a lot of the talk was about the ’87 Cup final, which, of course, I played in and we lost. It has been clear that is still a massive moment in the history of Coventry and you always look forwards to those moments. “People at Brighton still remember ’83 and everything that went with it and that’s because, irrespective of all the changes, it’s still a big moment. “When foreign managers come here, that’s what they know about - the magic of this cup competition. We’ve been very much brought up on it and however much we think it is changing, which it is, I think when you get to the latter stages it’s as exciting as ever.” Hughton made nine changes for the visit of League Two Coventry and saw record signing Jurgen Locadia score on his debut and Leonardo Ulloa net for the first time since returning to Brighton on loan from Leicester City. Connor Goldson was on target in between the two strikers. But Hughton may have to field a stronger side for the trip to Old Trafford, having acknowledged that Brighton had been given a relatively comfortable path to the last eight against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry. “I do think we’ve been lucky,” said Hughton. “Palace here, Middlesbrough away, we have had the squad to be able to make changes and still get through. “At this moment, I don’t know how many changes I will make moving forwards. When you are in a quarter-final, you are one game away from a semi-final so there is a lot to think about.” Hughton will certainly have a selection dilemma among his forwards for the remainder of the season, with top scorer Glenn Murray now facing competition from Locadia and Ulloa. Jurgen Locadia scored Brighton's first on Saturday Credit: REUTERS “It’s probably the only area in the squad that we’ve got a lot of players,” said Hughton. “When you think we’ve got the two that played against Coventry, then Glenn, Tomer (Hemed) and Sam Baldock, we’ve got a lot of options and I knew that would cause some headaches. “But it’s such a vitally important area of the pitch that I wanted those options. Yes, it makes life a bit harder but it’s good to have those options. “We are on a good run at the moment and we have got a good changing room, and a lot of players who are involved. At the moment, we have that good feel.” On £14million signing from PSV Eindhoven, Locadia, Hughton added: “You bring a player in because you watch him and you know the type of player he is, but we are still learning about him. You really learn in the game because training is different, they all train well.”
Manchester United secured an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Brighton & Hove Albion in a manner that can only be ­described as straightforward. Despite the build-up and aftermath being dominated by ­questions over Paul Pogba – a man who may or may not have recovered from ­illness in time for Wednesday’s trip to Seville – they never looked in danger for a moment against a ­determined, gutsy but ultimately limited, Huddersfield Town team. They scored twice from ­lightning quick breakaways and might well have had a third were it not for the latest video assistant referee ­controversy. In many ways, this was the default Jose Mourinho performance: contained, controlled, efficient. And about as exciting as reading a washing machine instruction manual. Still, Mourinho expressed a ­significant degree of satisfaction with what was achieved. Not least because, due to a sudden flurry of injuries – with Pogba succumbing to a bug on the morning of the match – apart from David De Gea, he was unable to give any of his players the weekend off ahead of the critical Champions League tie in Spain against Sevilla. “Look, I didn’t rest one single player so we had every player ­available. I didn’t rest anyone, I brought two kids that played yesterday [Friday] 90 minutes because I don’t have another player,” ­Mourinho ­explained, in what may well have been a dig at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who recently named only six substitutes against Burnley, insisting he couldn’t call up youth players ­because they had played the day ­before. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. I think [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera and [Antonio] Valencia have a chance. Paul [Pogba] I don’t know. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, ­Marouane, [Fellaini], Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] – I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problem.” Gutted I won’t be at Huddersfield but I need to get better. Come on United ���� @ManUtd— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) February 17, 2018 Mourinho was, understandably, frustrated by Pogba’s late withdrawl. Not least because he had planned to use him in apparently his favourite position – on the left of a midfield three – in a bid to help him recover some form and ­confidence as the business end of the season approaches. Instead, the United manager was obliged to call on the services of the veteran Michael Carrick who, at 36, may be many things – calm, ­accurate, disciplined – but one for future he isn’t. Still, the United manager will have noted one thing about the way his side brushed aside David ­Wagner’s team: Alexis Sanchez’s eye for a killer pass has not been dulled by his move from Arsenal. The Chilean had spent much of the first half looking increasingly dispirited as his team-mates drifted ever deeper in their attempt to smother Huddersfield’s busy ­midfield probing. He could be seen constantly waving colleagues ­forward, when Mourinho might have hoped he had joined them in defensive duties. But just after half time, he took matters into his own hands and supplied the game’s one standout moment: a laser-guided return ball into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who barrelled forward and scored. Sanchez drifted in and out of the game Credit: Getty images The Belgian’s finish – as it had been when he latched on to an ­almost equally telling ball from Juan Mata after just three minutes for the opener – was not as true as he might have hoped. Oddly, that worked to his ­advantage, as Jonas Lossl in the Huddersfield goal seemed to ­misread his shot, perhaps anticipating a clean strike. Throughout his career, Lukaku has tended to score goals in patches. And if, with Sanchez providing a new supply of ammunition, he has rediscovered a scoring touch ­temporarily mislaid after his ­blistering start in a United shirt, his timing could not be better. Certainly his midfield colleague Nemanja Matic, who spent much of the game scurrying and scrapping but seldom dominating possession, seemed relieved that the Lukaku mojo has resurfaced. “He is important for us,” Matic suggested. “It’s very important for his confidence that he is scoring goals and he is a great striker, very strong and he is still young, I am sure he will be important for us ­until the end of the season.” As for Pogba, Mourinho said he had no clue if the Frenchman would be available for the European tie. He could only express hope that his midfield lynchpin enjoys a swift ­recovery. While wildcat rumours circulated after their defeat at ­Newcastle United of a dressing-room bust-up were fanciful, there is no denying that the Frenchman has looked out of sorts of late. While there is relief in the fact his main striker has rediscovered the route to goal, the manager knows that, without a fully committed, fully engaged Pogba, his chances of further advance in Europe are limited indeed.
Paul Pogba could go straight back in to Man Utd team for Sevilla game
Manchester United secured an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Brighton & Hove Albion in a manner that can only be ­described as straightforward. Despite the build-up and aftermath being dominated by ­questions over Paul Pogba – a man who may or may not have recovered from ­illness in time for Wednesday’s trip to Seville – they never looked in danger for a moment against a ­determined, gutsy but ultimately limited, Huddersfield Town team. They scored twice from ­lightning quick breakaways and might well have had a third were it not for the latest video assistant referee ­controversy. In many ways, this was the default Jose Mourinho performance: contained, controlled, efficient. And about as exciting as reading a washing machine instruction manual. Still, Mourinho expressed a ­significant degree of satisfaction with what was achieved. Not least because, due to a sudden flurry of injuries – with Pogba succumbing to a bug on the morning of the match – apart from David De Gea, he was unable to give any of his players the weekend off ahead of the critical Champions League tie in Spain against Sevilla. “Look, I didn’t rest one single player so we had every player ­available. I didn’t rest anyone, I brought two kids that played yesterday [Friday] 90 minutes because I don’t have another player,” ­Mourinho ­explained, in what may well have been a dig at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who recently named only six substitutes against Burnley, insisting he couldn’t call up youth players ­because they had played the day ­before. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. I think [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera and [Antonio] Valencia have a chance. Paul [Pogba] I don’t know. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, ­Marouane, [Fellaini], Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] – I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problem.” Gutted I won’t be at Huddersfield but I need to get better. Come on United ���� @ManUtd— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) February 17, 2018 Mourinho was, understandably, frustrated by Pogba’s late withdrawl. Not least because he had planned to use him in apparently his favourite position – on the left of a midfield three – in a bid to help him recover some form and ­confidence as the business end of the season approaches. Instead, the United manager was obliged to call on the services of the veteran Michael Carrick who, at 36, may be many things – calm, ­accurate, disciplined – but one for future he isn’t. Still, the United manager will have noted one thing about the way his side brushed aside David ­Wagner’s team: Alexis Sanchez’s eye for a killer pass has not been dulled by his move from Arsenal. The Chilean had spent much of the first half looking increasingly dispirited as his team-mates drifted ever deeper in their attempt to smother Huddersfield’s busy ­midfield probing. He could be seen constantly waving colleagues ­forward, when Mourinho might have hoped he had joined them in defensive duties. But just after half time, he took matters into his own hands and supplied the game’s one standout moment: a laser-guided return ball into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who barrelled forward and scored. Sanchez drifted in and out of the game Credit: Getty images The Belgian’s finish – as it had been when he latched on to an ­almost equally telling ball from Juan Mata after just three minutes for the opener – was not as true as he might have hoped. Oddly, that worked to his ­advantage, as Jonas Lossl in the Huddersfield goal seemed to ­misread his shot, perhaps anticipating a clean strike. Throughout his career, Lukaku has tended to score goals in patches. And if, with Sanchez providing a new supply of ammunition, he has rediscovered a scoring touch ­temporarily mislaid after his ­blistering start in a United shirt, his timing could not be better. Certainly his midfield colleague Nemanja Matic, who spent much of the game scurrying and scrapping but seldom dominating possession, seemed relieved that the Lukaku mojo has resurfaced. “He is important for us,” Matic suggested. “It’s very important for his confidence that he is scoring goals and he is a great striker, very strong and he is still young, I am sure he will be important for us ­until the end of the season.” As for Pogba, Mourinho said he had no clue if the Frenchman would be available for the European tie. He could only express hope that his midfield lynchpin enjoys a swift ­recovery. While wildcat rumours circulated after their defeat at ­Newcastle United of a dressing-room bust-up were fanciful, there is no denying that the Frenchman has looked out of sorts of late. While there is relief in the fact his main striker has rediscovered the route to goal, the manager knows that, without a fully committed, fully engaged Pogba, his chances of further advance in Europe are limited indeed.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Of all the big name managers taking their teams into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, only one has won it as a player. Brighton manager Chris Hughton lifted the FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 and 1982, and was a losing finalist in 1987. Hughton went some way to avenging his personal 1987 disappointment by leading his Seagulls side to a fifth-round victory over Coventry City, who famously beat Spurs 31 years ago. And now Brighton have the chance to settle a famous old score of their own after being drawn to face Manchester United in the last eight. Brighton lost the 1983 FA Cup final to United after a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley 2-2 when Gordon Smith famously squandered a chance to win it. Hughton says the final stages of the FA Cup are 'as exciting as ever' Credit: Action Images via Reuters That was the last time Brighton were a top-flight club and Hughton is now combining a bid to stay in the Premier League with the club’s best Cup run since 1986. “I don’t think my own FA Cup record gives me an advantage or an edge, but what I do know is what it means to win it,” said Hughton. “The ’81 Cup final was probably the highlight of my career, so I do know how exciting it is to get there. “Building up to this game against Coventry, a lot of the talk was about the ’87 Cup final, which, of course, I played in and we lost. It has been clear that is still a massive moment in the history of Coventry and you always look forwards to those moments. “People at Brighton still remember ’83 and everything that went with it and that’s because, irrespective of all the changes, it’s still a big moment. “When foreign managers come here, that’s what they know about - the magic of this cup competition. We’ve been very much brought up on it and however much we think it is changing, which it is, I think when you get to the latter stages it’s as exciting as ever.” Hughton made nine changes for the visit of League Two Coventry and saw record signing Jurgen Locadia score on his debut and Leonardo Ulloa net for the first time since returning to Brighton on loan from Leicester City. Connor Goldson was on target in between the two strikers. But Hughton may have to field a stronger side for the trip to Old Trafford, having acknowledged that Brighton had been given a relatively comfortable path to the last eight against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry. “I do think we’ve been lucky,” said Hughton. “Palace here, Middlesbrough away, we have had the squad to be able to make changes and still get through. “At this moment, I don’t know how many changes I will make moving forwards. When you are in a quarter-final, you are one game away from a semi-final so there is a lot to think about.” Hughton will certainly have a selection dilemma among his forwards for the remainder of the season, with top scorer Glenn Murray now facing competition from Locadia and Ulloa. Jurgen Locadia scored Brighton's first on Saturday Credit: REUTERS “It’s probably the only area in the squad that we’ve got a lot of players,” said Hughton. “When you think we’ve got the two that played against Coventry, then Glenn, Tomer (Hemed) and Sam Baldock, we’ve got a lot of options and I knew that would cause some headaches. “But it’s such a vitally important area of the pitch that I wanted those options. Yes, it makes life a bit harder but it’s good to have those options. “We are on a good run at the moment and we have got a good changing room, and a lot of players who are involved. At the moment, we have that good feel.” On £14million signing from PSV Eindhoven, Locadia, Hughton added: “You bring a player in because you watch him and you know the type of player he is, but we are still learning about him. You really learn in the game because training is different, they all train well.”
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Of all the big name managers taking their teams into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, only one has won it as a player. Brighton manager Chris Hughton lifted the FA Cup for Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 and 1982, and was a losing finalist in 1987. Hughton went some way to avenging his personal 1987 disappointment by leading his Seagulls side to a fifth-round victory over Coventry City, who famously beat Spurs 31 years ago. And now Brighton have the chance to settle a famous old score of their own after being drawn to face Manchester United in the last eight. Brighton lost the 1983 FA Cup final to United after a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley 2-2 when Gordon Smith famously squandered a chance to win it. Hughton says the final stages of the FA Cup are 'as exciting as ever' Credit: Action Images via Reuters That was the last time Brighton were a top-flight club and Hughton is now combining a bid to stay in the Premier League with the club’s best Cup run since 1986. “I don’t think my own FA Cup record gives me an advantage or an edge, but what I do know is what it means to win it,” said Hughton. “The ’81 Cup final was probably the highlight of my career, so I do know how exciting it is to get there. “Building up to this game against Coventry, a lot of the talk was about the ’87 Cup final, which, of course, I played in and we lost. It has been clear that is still a massive moment in the history of Coventry and you always look forwards to those moments. “People at Brighton still remember ’83 and everything that went with it and that’s because, irrespective of all the changes, it’s still a big moment. “When foreign managers come here, that’s what they know about - the magic of this cup competition. We’ve been very much brought up on it and however much we think it is changing, which it is, I think when you get to the latter stages it’s as exciting as ever.” Hughton made nine changes for the visit of League Two Coventry and saw record signing Jurgen Locadia score on his debut and Leonardo Ulloa net for the first time since returning to Brighton on loan from Leicester City. Connor Goldson was on target in between the two strikers. But Hughton may have to field a stronger side for the trip to Old Trafford, having acknowledged that Brighton had been given a relatively comfortable path to the last eight against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Coventry. “I do think we’ve been lucky,” said Hughton. “Palace here, Middlesbrough away, we have had the squad to be able to make changes and still get through. “At this moment, I don’t know how many changes I will make moving forwards. When you are in a quarter-final, you are one game away from a semi-final so there is a lot to think about.” Hughton will certainly have a selection dilemma among his forwards for the remainder of the season, with top scorer Glenn Murray now facing competition from Locadia and Ulloa. Jurgen Locadia scored Brighton's first on Saturday Credit: REUTERS “It’s probably the only area in the squad that we’ve got a lot of players,” said Hughton. “When you think we’ve got the two that played against Coventry, then Glenn, Tomer (Hemed) and Sam Baldock, we’ve got a lot of options and I knew that would cause some headaches. “But it’s such a vitally important area of the pitch that I wanted those options. Yes, it makes life a bit harder but it’s good to have those options. “We are on a good run at the moment and we have got a good changing room, and a lot of players who are involved. At the moment, we have that good feel.” On £14million signing from PSV Eindhoven, Locadia, Hughton added: “You bring a player in because you watch him and you know the type of player he is, but we are still learning about him. You really learn in the game because training is different, they all train well.”
​Romelu Lukaku scored twice against ​Huddersfield Town as ​Manchester United eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, but it was another aspect of his game which drew widespread plaudits on social media. Lukaku scored in each half at the John Smith's Stadium as United survived a ​farcical VAR decision to set up a last eight tie with ​Brighton at Old Trafford. They have lost at the quarter-final stage in three of the last five seasons. Despite his goals, it was Lukaku's hold-up play...
Man Utd Fans Notice Major Improvement in Romelu Lukaku's Game During FA Cup Win
​Romelu Lukaku scored twice against ​Huddersfield Town as ​Manchester United eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, but it was another aspect of his game which drew widespread plaudits on social media. Lukaku scored in each half at the John Smith's Stadium as United survived a ​farcical VAR decision to set up a last eight tie with ​Brighton at Old Trafford. They have lost at the quarter-final stage in three of the last five seasons. Despite his goals, it was Lukaku's hold-up play...
​Romelu Lukaku scored twice against ​Huddersfield Town as ​Manchester United eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, but it was another aspect of his game which drew widespread plaudits on social media. Lukaku scored in each half at the John Smith's Stadium as United survived a ​farcical VAR decision to set up a last eight tie with ​Brighton at Old Trafford. They have lost at the quarter-final stage in three of the last five seasons. Despite his goals, it was Lukaku's hold-up play...
Man Utd Fans Notice Major Improvement in Romelu Lukaku's Game During FA Cup Win
​Romelu Lukaku scored twice against ​Huddersfield Town as ​Manchester United eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, but it was another aspect of his game which drew widespread plaudits on social media. Lukaku scored in each half at the John Smith's Stadium as United survived a ​farcical VAR decision to set up a last eight tie with ​Brighton at Old Trafford. They have lost at the quarter-final stage in three of the last five seasons. Despite his goals, it was Lukaku's hold-up play...
​Romelu Lukaku scored twice against ​Huddersfield Town as ​Manchester United eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, but it was another aspect of his game which drew widespread plaudits on social media. Lukaku scored in each half at the John Smith's Stadium as United survived a ​farcical VAR decision to set up a last eight tie with ​Brighton at Old Trafford. They have lost at the quarter-final stage in three of the last five seasons. Despite his goals, it was Lukaku's hold-up play...
Man Utd Fans Notice Major Improvement in Romelu Lukaku's Game During FA Cup Win
​Romelu Lukaku scored twice against ​Huddersfield Town as ​Manchester United eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, but it was another aspect of his game which drew widespread plaudits on social media. Lukaku scored in each half at the John Smith's Stadium as United survived a ​farcical VAR decision to set up a last eight tie with ​Brighton at Old Trafford. They have lost at the quarter-final stage in three of the last five seasons. Despite his goals, it was Lukaku's hold-up play...
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