Chelsea vs Manchester United live stream: how to watch FA Cup football from anywhere

FA Cup live stream: chelsea vs Manchester United
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Feels a bit like history repeating itself, doesn't it? Chelsea and Manchester United met in the FA Cup last year as well - it was the final then and the fifth round now. It should be a cracker of a tie, with United seeking to get revenge for the defeat they suffered last season. And the great news is that it's on free-to-air TV in the UK. We'll tell you how to get a Chelsea vs Man United live stream wherever you are.

Chelsea vs Manchester United - where and when

The FA Cup showdown will take place at Chelsea's home ground Stamford Bridge in West London, UK.

The game itself kicks off on Monday, January 18 at 7.30pm GMT (2.30pm ET or 11.30am PT in the US, and 6.30am AEDT in Australia on Tuesday morning).

It was Eden Hazard's penalty that divided Chelsea and Man U in last year's 1-0 FA Cup Final, and he's likely to be one of the stars of the show today at Stamford Bridge, too. But other than that, so much has changed since last May.

Both clubs have a new manager for a start. Enigmatic Maurizio Sarri is under pressure at Stamford Bridge, failing to get his team to fire on all cylinders. A 6-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City capped a miserable few weeks, and a big FA Cup tie victory could be just what he needs to get their Premier League season back on track.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over just before Christmas after José Mourinho was finally given his marching orders. It's been an incredible couple of months, with a resurgent United winning 10 of their last 12 games. His prolific start to his time as manager has helped to get the best out of the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford and earn them a place back in the league's top four.

Considering their league positions, it feels like this year's FA Cup is as important as ever to Chelsea and Manchester United. Below we're going to talk you through the best ways to watch the FA Cup action in the UK and the rest of the world so you can ensure you can easily live stream the match.

How to live stream the FA Cup in the UK for free:

The BBC will be hosting the FA Cup action with coverage starting at 7pm GMT on Monday night. You'll be able to watch it live on TV, through the BBC iPlayer app or online with the iPlayer live stream. You'll have to pay for a TV license if you want to watch this in the UK though. There's also the BBC Sport website that will be live streaming the whole game in a similar way to the BBC One coverage too.

If you can't live stream the FA Cup as it happens then TVPlayer Plus is a service that allows you to 'record' Chelsea vs Man United and watch it later. You'll need to sign up for a paid account, but the good news there is that the site offers a 14-day free trial so no payment is required.

Out of the UK tonight? Try to watch the game from abroad and you'll find that the BBC coverage has been geo-blocked. But that doesn't mean you can't watch - you could download and install a VPN service, which will help you to make your laptop or mobile appear like it's back in the UK...

Live stream Chelsea vs Manchester United from anywhere in the world

In the US? Then keep scrolling, as we have your viewing options below.

But if you're abroad for the game and find that you can't watch your home coverage online because it is geo-blocked, we have a handy alternative to allow you to watch as if you were back on your sofa.

The only legal alternative we know of is to download and install a Virtual Private Network (or VPN). The software allows you to change your IP address to a server in another country so that you can watch online as if you were there. What's more, using a VPN also makes you more secure online, as your activity will be encrypted.

We've tested and reviewed more than 100 providers to see which one to recommend and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's fast, secure and compatible on loads of different devices (Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PS4, etc). It heads up our top 3 picks (see below) and it even comes with a 30-day money back guarantee so that you you can try before you buy.

1. ExpressVPN:  the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with 30-day trial and 3 months FREE with an annual plan
2. IPVanish: puts premium on security and supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go
3. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great, affordable choice for streaming

Once you're up and running with your chosen provider, you then simply need to open the app and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do.

How to watch the FA Cup: live stream in the US for FREE

Having launched in 2018, online subscription service ESPN+ is now picking up more and more momentum - along with a greater range of sports. And now's it's managed to snag FA Cup football, too.

It only costs $4.99 per month and allows you to watch online as well as via its mobile app and TV streamer apps on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS4 and Xbox.

But the best news is that you can grab a seven-day FREE trial. So if you haven't used ESPN+ before, you can sign up for that and get a taster of its sports coverage without paying a thing.