Hello and welcome along to our Manchester United vs Middlesbrough live blog, as these two teams face off in the FA Cup fourth round this Friday night. A place in the last 16 is up for grabs at Old Trafford and we’ll be bringing you all the latest updates as Manchester United meet Boro for the first time since 2017.
Manchester United vs Middlesbrough FINAL SCORE: 1-1 (7-8)
This is the very beginning of our FA Cup live blog, with all the updates from Manchester United vs Middlesbrough following on below and with the most recent entries coming nearest the top.
Middlesbrough beat Manchester United!
After an exciting penalty shootout, it is Middlesbrough who are through to the last 16 of the FA Cup. Manchester United’s long wait for a trophy continues…
Penalty 16: Manchester United… MISS!
Anthony Elanga skies his penalty over the bar! Middlesbrough win the shootout 8-7.
Penalty 15: Middlesbrough… SCORE!
Lee Peltier has sent his effort into the top corner. Great effort. 8-7.
Penalty 14: Manchester United… SCORE!
Diogo Dalot sends his penalty into the bottom right corner. 7-7.
Penalty 13: Middlesbrough… SCORE!
Dael Fry fires in an emphatic penalty. Great technique. 7-6.
Penalty 12: Manchester United… SCORE!
Scott McTominay sends his penalty through the body of Lumley. 6-6.
Penalty 11: Middlesbrough… SCORE!
Duncan Watmore sends Henderson the wrong way. 6-5.
Penalty 10: Manchester United… SCORE!
Bruno Fernandes did his stuttered run up and then scored. 5-5.
Penalty 9: Middlesbrough… SCORE!
Sol Bamba sends his penalty into the bottom left corner. After all that he’s gone through, the neutrals will be glad to see that. 5-4.
Penalty 8: Manchester United… SCORE!
Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed a penalty during the 90 minutes, converts on this occasion. 4-4.
Penalty 7: Middlesbrough… SCORE!
Marcus Tavernier puts his effort into the top right corner. What a penalty. 4-3.
Penalty 6: Manchester United… SCORE!
Fred squeezes his effort past Lumley. 3-3.
Penalty 5: Middlesbrough… SCORE!
Howson dispatches his penalty with ease. 3-2.
Penalty 4: Manchester United… SCORE!
Maguire arrows his penalty into the bottom corner. 2-2.
Penalty 3: Middlesbrough… SCORE!
Martin Payero’s shot went under the body of Henderson and in. 2-1.
Penalty 2: Manchester United… SCORE!
Juan Mata comfortably beats Lumley. 1-1.
Penalty 1: Middlesbrough… SCORE!
McNair sends Henderson the wrong way. 1-0.
Middlesbrough will go first in the shootout, with the action set to take place in front of the Stretford End.
FULL TIME IN EXTRA TIME: Manchester United 1-1 Middlesbrough
Well, we are going to penalties after there were no goals in extra time. Middlesbrough are so close to pulling off a cup upset!
Minute 115: Big chance for Boro!
Howson’s long free-kick was headed down by McNair into the path of Connolly, but Henderson was able to make a good save to stop the Middlesbrough striker from scoring.
Extra time: Second half
Manchester United have 15 minutes left, plus stoppage time, if they are to avoid going to penalties.
HALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME: Manchester United 1-1 Middlesbrough
This game increasingly looks as though it is going to go to penalties. Can Middlesbrough pull off a famous cup upset?
Minute 105+1: Fred misses the target
Fred received the ball on the edge of the box and looked to get a right-footed shot away, but he didn’t make a good connection and it went miles wide.
Minute 104: Half chance goes begging
Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross into the six-yard box towards McTominay was flicked away by Lumley. United really haven’t created any clear-cut chances so far in extra time.
Extra time: First half
Manchester United have kicked off the first half of extra time. The halves are 15 minutes apiece, and if we do not have any goals we will go to penalties.
FULL TIME: Manchester United 1-1 Middlesbrough
Jadon Sancho gave Manchester United a first-half lead, but Matt Crooks equalised for Middlesbrough after the break in controversial circumstances, as Duncan Watmore appeared to handle the ball before crossing it to him. The fact they are level after 90 minutes means we are going to extra time!
Minute 90+1: Elanga header saved
Fred’s floated cross towards the back post was met by Elanga, who rose above Neil Taylor, but his header went straight into the arms of Lumley.
Minute 72: United hit the post!
Bruno Fernandes is the latest United player to miss a gilt-edged chance, as he dispossessed Howson deep inside the Boro half but then saw his shot hit the outside of the left post and go away from danger.
Minute 64: GOAL FOR MIDDLESBROUGH!
Matt Crooks got on the end of Duncan Watmore’s looped cross inside the area and fired home from close range, but the United players were left furious as the ball appeared to strike Watmore’s hand before he played the cross. Nevertheless, it stands. Manchester United 1-1 Middlesbrough.
Minute 57: Crooks tests Henderson
The ball was cut back to Matt Crooks just on the edge of the six-yard box, but his effort was pushed behind for a corner by Henderson. That’s the first time the United goalkeeper has really been tested.
Minute 54: Rashford spurns chance
Sancho picked out Rashford in the middle, but he could only send his shot over the bar. United really should be ahead by more than one goal.
SECOND HALF: Action back underway
Manchester United have kicked off this second half. Let’s see if they can add to their one-goal lead, or if Middlesbrough can make things interesting.
HALF TIME: Manchester United 1-0 Middlesbrough
Jadon Sancho’s goal is all that separates the two teams at half time, but in truth Manchester United could easily be three or four goals ahead. Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder will be glad that there is only a goal in it, though.
Minute 40: Rashford’s shot saved
A well-worked corner by United led to Rashford getting a shot away from the D, but it was straight at Lumley.
Minute 30: GOAL FOR UNITED… but it’s offside
Marcus Rashford has smashed in a shot from the outside of the box, but he was half a yard offside. Correct call by the linesman.
Minute 25: GOAL FOR UNITED!
Sancho missed a chance in the first 90 seconds of the game, but he has given Manchester United the lead in this fourth-round tie. Bruno Fernandes played a long pass into the path of Sancho, who sized up Isaiah Jones before sending a left-footed shot towards goal that deflected past Joe Lumley. Manchester United 1-0 Middlesbrough.
Minute 20: Cristiano Ronaldo… misses!
Cristiano Ronaldo sends his penalty wide of the left post. It remains 0-0.
Minute 19: Penalty for United!
Paul Pogba was brought down in the area by Anfernee Dijksteel, who appeared to slip. Definite penalty.
Minute 16: All United so far
Manchester United seem to be in relative control of this game, although they will want to open the scoring in the not-too-distant future in order to calm any nerves inside Old Trafford. Middlesbrough are counter-attacking with speed, but Raphael Varane has been on hand to sniff out any danger.
Minute 6: Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick
Luke Shaw’s floated cross from the left led to Cristiano Ronaldo attempting an overhead kick, but he didn’t make a strong enough connection and it was easily saved by Lumley.
Minute 2: Sancho hits the crossbar!
A mix-up in the Middlesbrough defence gave Sancho the chance to try and lob Lumley from just outside the area, but his effort hit the crossbar.
20:00 GMT: Kick-off!
Middlesbrough have got the action underway here at Old Trafford. Stay with us for updates from Manchester United vs Middlesbrough.
19:45 GMT: Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo
Ralf Rangnick has named Paul Pogba, who is making his first game back from injury, and Cristiano Ronaldo in tonight’s starting XI. Will they be able to combine in front of goal?
19:15 GMT: Middlesbrough’s line-up is announced
Middlesbrough’s starting line-up (3-5-2): Joe Lumley; Anfernee Dijksteel, Paddy McNair, Dael Fry; Isaiah Jones, Jonny Howson, Matt Crooks, Marcus Tavernier, Neil Taylor; Andraz Sporar, Folarin Balogun.
19:00 GMT: United’s XI is here
Manchester United’s starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luka Shaw; Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Cristiano Ronaldo.
18:30 GMT: Old Trafford is ready
The stage is set for tonight’s match. All we need now are the fans, the players and the coaches.
18:00 GMT: Last FA Cup meeting between United and Boro
Back in 2007, Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty in the FA Cup quarter-final replay between Manchester United and Middlesbrough to send the Red Devils into the last four. Will he get on the scoresheet again tonight?
17:30 GMT: De Gea’s happiness
David de Gea has been named Manchester United‘s player of the month for January, which has led him to thank the club’s fans for their support. He will be hoping to follow that award up with a clean sheet tonight.
17:00 GMT: What are the probable line-ups for Manchester United vs Middlesbrough?
While Manchester United have a few absences, they do have Luke Shaw back.
Manchester United’s predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga; Cristiano Ronaldo.
Middlesbrough’s predicted line-up (3-5-2): Joe Lumley; Paddy McNair, Sol Bamba, Dael Fry; Isaiah Jones, Jonny Howson, Matt Crooks, Marcus Tavernier, Neil Taylor; Andraz Sporar, Folarin Balogun.
16:45 GMT: What time does Manchester United vs Middlesbrough kick off?
This FA Cup game kicks off at 20:00 GMT – the local time in Manchester. In the UK, it’ll be available on TV or streaming on ITV1, the ITV Hub and STV Scotland. In the USA, start time is 15:00 ET or 12:00 PT and ESPN+ have the broadcast rights.