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Manchester United fans face Friday frustration at FA Cup tie with Derby

• Fourth round match kicks off at 7.55pm on a Friday evening
• Last trains to Manchester and London will depart before end of game

Thousands of Manchester United fans face being stranded at the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Derby County due to the BBC’s decision to broadcast it on a Friday evening, when the last trains to Manchester and London leave as the game will be finishing.

The Football Association and BBC defended the scheduling of the tie for 29 January. The governing body pointed to the minimum £144,000 Derby will receive from television revenue, with this rising a further £90,000 if the Championship club knock out United. The BBC stated the trip to Derby on a Friday does not differ from last Tuesday’s journey for United fans to watch the Premier League match against Newcastle United.

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