No neutral fan wants a dull FA Cup tie to go to extra-time, but there was a surprise silver lining for those watching Manchester United vs West Ham on Tuesday night.
It was a cagey tie at Old Trafford, as two much-changed teams – which sadly seems to be the norm in the FA Cup nowadays – battled to a goalless stalemate after 90 minutes.
On any other day, the final whistle would have caused groans from living rooms around the country, as supporters put the kettle on ahead of another 30 minutes of action, praying for a breakthrough after an already long night of football.
But, instead, there was probably a chorus of cheers from sofas just as extra-time began, as match broadcasters BBC made the following announcement…
“Mrs Brown’s Boys will not be shown at the scheduled time of 9:30pm.”
One shrewd viewer even thanked managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and David Moyes for their ‘selfless act’, while others thanked them for ‘saving the nation’.
We can just see the Man United and West Ham coaches agreeing at half-time to see out the draw, just to see the show everybody loves to hate cancelled.
You’ve done us proud, gents.
Fortunately, for those who stuck with the game, they soon got the goal they longed for as Scott McTominay found the net for the third time in a week to emerge as United’s FA Cup hero.
The Scot’s strike sent the Red Devils into the quarter-finals at the expense of West Ham, who had a nightmare with injuries after losing centre-back Angelo Ogbonna early on, with his replacement Issa Diop later going off with concussion, and forward Andriy Yarmolenko also limping off.
Overall, it was a dull, lifeless cup clash with a lack of attacking verve from both teams…
But it was still better than Mrs Brown’s Boys.