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Manchester United forward, Nikita Parris rejected lucrative United States of America (USA) move last month to help Manchester United in the FA Cup final according to The Athletic.

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National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side, North Carolina offered £1m over 3 years with agreed record Manchester United sale but wanted the 30 year old immediately.

Unfortunately for North Carolina Courage and fortunately for United, she refused to miss Wembley so the transfer collapsed. The move didn’t see the light of the day despite Manchester United-NC Courage agreement.

An agreement had been reached between the clubs before the April 19 transfer deadline in what would have marked a record women’s sale for United, while the 30-year-old forward stood to earn £1million over a three-year deal.

All that remained was for the paperwork to be signed — but with their season underway, the Courage wanted Parris to join immediately.

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United beat Chelsea in the semi-finals on April 15 and Parris made clear she did not wish to depart until after the Wembley showpiece.

The Courage could not guarantee they would wait that long and — given Parris refused to miss the game — the switch collapsed.

They have lost three of four fixtures since then, having won three of four prior. It is unclear at present if the situation will be revisited when the NWSL market reopens on August 1.

Meanwhile...

Andy Madley will referee the 2024 Emirates FA Cup final between United and Manchester City on Saturday 25 May.

The official from West Riding FA will take charge of the showpiece occasion at Wembley, and has spoken about his pride when receiving the call.

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Madley has been in the middle for three of our games this season. The first was our dramatic 2-1 victory over Brentford in October, when Scott McTominay popped up with two late goals.

He also had the whistle for February's 3-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford, as well as the 3-1 reverse to our neighbours, and cup-final opponents, in the Etihad Stadium derby in March.

Harry Lennard and Nick Hopton are the assistant referees, while Simon Hooper will be the fourth official.

Michael Oliver is on VAR duty, with Peter Bankes in the support role and Stuart Burt as the assistant.

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