Oxford United manager wants to draw United in FA Cup for personal reasons

Oxford United upset Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup. Manager Michael Appleton loves to draw Manchester United in the next round, with a personal reason why he’d want a trip to Old Trafford, according to The Daily Express.

The 40-year-old went into management after injury forced him into early retirement. Appleton began his career with Manchester United, signing his first senior contract one year after the famed ‘Class of 92’.

“From a selfish point of view I’d be delighted with Manchester United because of my history and I’m still a big fan, believe it or not. Even now,” Appleton said after the shock victory over Swansea.

“The reality is we can’t win this competition, but if we can keep putting in performances like this we will certainly give people a lot of entertainment and hopefully make the club a few quid.”


Appleton never played a senior game for The Red Devils. He did play 18 matches in the First Division with West Bromwich Albion, before retiring in 2004 at the age of 29.

Oxford United booked their ticket into the fourth round of the FA Cup by beating Premier League club Swansea City 3-2 at home. They fell behind 0-1 when Jefferson Montero scored for the visitors in the 23rd minute. But Oxford got a penalty just before the break, which was hit home by Liam Sercombe.

In the second half, Oxford took a 3-1 lead with two goals from Kemar Roofe (49′ and 59′). The Swans made a run for their money when Bafetimbi Gomis brought the score back to 3-2. But United hang on and sealed the upset.

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