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FA Cup: Man City stage late comeback to beat 4th-tier Cheltenham

Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards and Nick Mendola dissect the current state of the Premier League's battle for the top four and discuss if Manchester United truly have what it takes.

Manchester City survived an almighty scare from League Two side in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, as Pep Guardiola’s side erased an 80th-minute deficit by scoring three times in the final 13 minutes to advance to the fifth round.

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It was 1-0 with fewer than 10 minutes left to play before Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres restored a semblance of order with goals in the 81st, 84th and 93rd minutes, respectively.

Prior to Cheltenham’s goal in the 59th minute, Manchester City hadn’t conceded a single goal in over 500 minutes, beating the likes of Manchester United (League Cup), Birmingham City (FA Cup) and four Premier League sides without conceding.

Just how big of a Cupset would Cheltenham over Manchester City have been? Just how big is the gulf between the two sides?

More than anything, it was a flat performance from Manchester City as they were almost always well in control of the game and could have easily scored a handful of goals before falling behind. Alas, the magic of the Cup struck and set up a frantic finish between two sides currently separated by 72 places in the English football pyramid.

Up next for Manchester City in the FA Cup is a fifth round trip to south Wales, where they’ll take on second-place EFL Championship side — and new home to USMNT forward Jordan Morris — Swansea City.

FA Cup fourth round results

Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool — RECAP
Cheltenham Town 1-3 Manchester City — RECAP
Southampton 1-0 Arsenal — RECAP
West Ham United 4-0 Doncaster Rovers — RECAP
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Blackpool — RECAP
Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle — RECAP
Chorley 0-1 Wolves — RECAP
Swansea City 5-1 Nottingham Forest
Millwall 0-3 Bristol City
Barnsley 1-0 Norwich City

FA Cup fifth round draw

Manchester United v West Ham United
Everton v Tottenham
Swansea City v Manchester City
Barnsley v Chelsea
Wolves v Southampton
Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Burnley v Bournemouth/Crawley Town
Sheffield United v Bristol City

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