Manchester United’s astonishing and controversial 12-year run of 58 televised FA Cup matches will come to an end this season as the BBC and BT opt not to show their clash with Derby.
There was a major backlash last season when United’s third-round tie with Reading was televised, so the rights-holders have sensibly decided not to broadcast a similar unexciting fixture.
The Merseyside derby – undoubtedly the tie of the round – will be BBC’s opening pick on Friday 5, followed by League One Fleetwood Town or non-league Hereford v Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime.
BT Sport have opted for Norwich City v Chelsea on Saturday tea-time, while the Sunday games will be Shrewsbury v West Ham (BBC) and Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (BT).
The final game of the weekend will be on Monday night on BT and will feature the historical first live use of Video Assistant Referees.