Manchester United face Everton in the first FA Cup semifinal Saturday, a massive match that will stream live from iconic Wembley Arena in London as not only will the two clubs compete for a coveted berth in the final of the world’s oldest football cup, but the managers of both teams will also be competing to keep their jobs, many experts believe.
Everton Manager Roberto Martinez may be in more danger than Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal. Martinez already has an FA Cup under his belt as manager of Wigan in 2013 — the same year that club was relegated. But since taking over Everton FC the following year, Martinez has failed to produce results and the team appears to have regressed.
The Merseyside club now sit 11th on the Premier League table with no realistic hope of European football next season — outside of winning the FA Cup. And they come into the Wembley semifinal off a 4-0 drubbing by Merseyside rival Liverpool at Anfield.
“Wembley success is now the clearest path to salvation not only for the club’s season, but Martinez’s position,” according to Chris Bascombe of England’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.
“Everton’s dreadful humiliation at Anfield has left Roberto Martinez needing the Cup to save his job,” added Rob Smyth of The Guardian. “Never mind the romance of the Cup: Martinez needs the kiss of life.”
Watch Martinez answer questions at his pre-match press conference in the video below.
On the other bench, second-year Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal may not keep his job even if he leads the once-dominant club to their first FA Cup title since 2004, with United again struggling to crack the Barclays Premier League top four. But most of the experts agree that without bringing home silverware of some kind, Van Gaal is out the door one way or the other — and the FA Cup is the only silverware remaining within his reach.
Watch Louis Van Gaal hold his press conference in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Everton FC vs. Manchester United first FA Cup semifinal from Wembley Stadium in London, England, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. British Summer Time at Wembley on Saturday, April 23. Fans in the United States can log in to the live stream starting at 12:15 p.m. Eastern Time, 9:15 a.m. Pacific.
Under Van Gaal and Martinez, Manchester United have faced each other four times, with United winning three of those matchups. But Van Gaal is rumored to be on his way out, to be replaced by Jose Mourinho next season — though those rumors have not been confirmed by the team, or by “The Special One,” who was sacked by Chelsea in December after the team lost nine of its first 16 league games, effectively eliminating themselves from title contention.
In bad news for Martinez, however, he will be missing three key players for the Saturday FA Cup seminfinal, with Ramiro Funes Mori suspended, Seamus Coleman injured, and Captain Phil Jagielka also sidelined.
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Watch a live stream of the first FA Cup semifinal match, Everton Vs. Manchester United, from Wembley Stadium in London, England, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers and smartphones. But Fox Sports Go can also stream live via the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch Manchester United’s quest for a first trophy since the departure of legendary manager Alex Ferguson, as they attempt to power through Everton FC, in a live stream on their TV sets.
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