Manchester United and Fulham will thrash it out on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.
The two teams are set to lock horns at Old Trafford in their respective final games before the international break. Erik ten Hag's Red Devils - who come into this quarter-final clash on the back of Thursday's 1-0 Europa League win at Real Betis - have already won one domestic competition this season, lifting the Carabao Cup in February after beating a spirited Newcastle side 2-0.
As for Marco Silva's Fulham, their impressive form in the Premier League has evaporated in recent weeks, but the opportunity to reach the last four of the FA Cup will fuel a fresh desire within the Cottagers' camp. United are the heavy favourites but will have to make do without midfield linchpin Casemiro, who begins his four-match suspension following his controversial red card against Southampton last weekend.
"We had many more games without Casemiro," Ten Hag noted in his pre-match press conference. "We did really well without Casemiro against Arsenal, Leeds and also at the start of the season but I want to have Casemiro available, He has a huge impact on our game. We also won many games without Casemiro so he is not available so we have to do with many players."
The Red Devils boss is also hoping to keep focus on the pitch amid a critical period for the club's potential takeover. Although he missed a visit from Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani's delegation due to being in Spain, Ten Hag bumped into fellow bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe on Friday at United's Carrington training complex as the INEOS chief executive and his entourage enjoyed a tour.
"I just met them, we shook hands," the Dutch manager revealed ahead of Sunday's quarter-final clash. "I'm focused on the game. We play a big game on Sunday, all our focus is on that, others in the club are dealing with potential investors." Ten Hag later reiterated: "My job in this moment is focus on the game, so let's talk about the game. It's a big tie and we have to get ready for that."
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Manchester United will face Fulham in the FA Cup quarter-final round on Sunday, March 18.
Kick-off at Old Trafford is 4:30pm GMT.
For UK viewers, Sunday's match will be televised live on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.
Coverage begins at 3:45pm.
A live stream will also be available to watch on ITVX.
Latest odds* from Betfred:
Man United - 4/9
Draw - 7/2
Fulham - 6/1
*odds subject to change
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