FA Cup fourth round: Yeovil Town v Manchester United – live!

Good evening! Can they do it? It’s going to be helluva challenge for Yeovil Town but isn’t that, as they say, what the magic of the cup is all about. Darren Way’s side have struggled in League Two, so José Mourinho’s side ought to cause them all manner of problems. Only, it doesn’t always work like that. They have a knack for giant-killing, and although not quite the same, they knocked out third-tier Bradford City in the previous round.

Alexis Sánchez will make his Manchester United debut at Huish Park this evening, while Michael Carrick and Marcus Rashford also feature. Here’s the full team news:

Related: ‘I’m obsessed’: Yeovil manager Darren Way’s big plans for Manchester United | Ben Fisher

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Wigan ready to enjoy rare status as FA Cup underdogs against West Ham

Winning the FA Cup in 2013 final seems a long time ago but Wigan are back to their giantkilling exploits and have West Ham in their sights

When Wigan Athletic won 3-1 at Plymouth to go five points clear at the top of League One last Saturday, Argyle’s manager, Derek Adams, described them as a Championship side in waiting. “Wigan and Blackburn stand out in this league because of the quality they still possess,” he said. “They are not League One sides, they should be in the Championship or the Premier League. Wigan are only in this division because of factors out of their control.”

That may be more true of Blackburn, whose supporters can point to a hugely unpopular and woefully misjudged takeover as the cause of all the ills to befall them since Premier League status was lost. Wigan were unlucky in the season that followed their FA Cup win and relegation to the Championship, when they struggled to cope with a fixture overload brought on by Europa League involvement and another Cup run, though they slipped into League One a year later and could only blame some muddled managerial appointments of their own for that.

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Ross Barkley’s stumbling start shows how even playing badly is difficult | Barney Ronay

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, rather than his debutant midfielder, should be the focus of any scorn after Barkley’s traumatically raw and rusty hour against Arsenal

There was a funny start to Ross Barkley’s Chelsea career on Wednesday night. As Willian prepared to limp off the Emirates Stadium pitch midway through the first half Barkley, his obvious replacement, was still dutifully gambolling up and down the touchline in his tracksuit.

This didn’t go down well with Antonio Conte who seems, even at the best of times, to be in a state of constant eye-boggling rage at every detail of his sentient existence. This is Conte’s default mood, his baseline. But he still managed to find some even deeper gears, letting out a shriek, waggling his arms and clenching his fists like a man strangling invisible kittens and generally urging Barkley back down the touchline like the most embarrassing stressed-out dad in the long and detailed history of embarrassing stressed-out dads.

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Peterborough’s Darragh MacAnthony: ‘FA Cup is not just a romantic thing’

Owner says a good Cup run would mean he could avoid having to use his own money to keep the club going

“Before I came, we trained in a field and there were dogs crapping all over it. Now look at it. The 3G pitch outside, that’s a £600,000 facility. We spent 350 grand on the interiors. We moved all our staff up here. The players used to eat lunch at the stadium then drive back to the park. Have you seen our kitchen now? I’ve just been in there, all the players are having their lunch. We’ve got our own chef. And he’s a decent chef too.”

Darragh MacAnthony is in full flow. The chairman and owner of League One Peterborough United is sitting at the training ground he renovated, preparing for the arrival of Leicester City on Saturday for an FA Cup fourth-round tie and MacAnthony has used the opportunity to give a state of the nation address.

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