Football: Capital bars way to United gain

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The holders, Manchester United, will have another home tie against London opposition in the fifth round of the FA Cup, with Queen's Park Rangers the opponents if Alex Ferguson's team survive a replay at Wimbledon a week on Tuesday.

United still have bitter memories of a 4-1 defeat at home to the men from Loftus Road in the league five years ago. Rangers have slipped into the First Division but are enjoying a successful run under their new manager Stewart Houston, and they beat Barnsley 3-2 on Saturday to reach the last 16.

Arsenal were also lucky in the draw again, with another home tie, against First Division Portsmouth, on offer if they can overcome Leeds and former Gunners manager George Graham in a delayed fourth-round encounter in north London a week on Tuesday.

The outstanding tie in the north, and a likely candidate for live television and a switch to Sunday 16 February, is Bradford City at home to Sheffield Wednesday, a game which brings together Chris Waddle and the Owls manager David Pleat, who let him leave Hillsborough earlier this season.

Chris Kamara, whose side were surprise winners at Everton on Saturday, looked ahead with relish to the fifth-round visit of Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield Wednesday. "We're delighted," he said. "It's Chris Waddle v Pleat, the man who gave him away out of the Premiership - and a local derby as well."

Woking's manager, Geoff Chapple, is hoping for a reunion with the Derby manager, Jim Smith. But even if his side beat Coventry in a third-round replay at Kingfield, they must still travel to the in-form Blackburn.

"It would be marvellous to come up against my old friend, Jim," he said. "We were together years ago at Aldershot."

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