United to fight it out with Liverpool in FA Cup
Monday 29 November 2010
Manchester United will take on Liverpool in January's FA Cup third round. The bitter rivals will meet in the only all-Premier League tie in the last-64 draw, which was made at Wembley yesterday.
The two most successful clubs in English footballing history, who are tied on 18 league titles each, will meet at Old Trafford. United are the most successful team in the FA Cup, having won it 11 times.
FC United of Manchester, the club formed in protest against the ownership of Manchester United by the Glazer family, will host last year's beaten finalists Portsmouth if they overcome Brighton in their second round replay on 8 December. Arsenal, ten times FA Cup winners, host Leeds United. Current Cup holders Chelsea also face a home tie with a Championship club, Roy Keane's Ipswich Town being the visitors.
Roberto Mancini will be in competition with his mentor Sven-Goran Eriksson as Manchester City travel to Leicester City. Mancini played for Eriksson at both Sampdoria and Lazio and later became Eriksson's assistant at Lazio.
Moreover, both managers will be re-united with former clubs. Eriksson will meet Manchester City for the first time since his dismissal as manager in June 2008. Mancini played briefly for Leicester City in 2001.
There are a few unfamiliar trips for Premier League clubs. Newcastle United will travel to Stevenage FC of League Two. Everton are away at Scunthorpe United and Wolverhampton Wanderers will go to Doncaster Rovers. Fulham host Peterborough, Blackpool travel to Southampton, and Sunderland await the winners of the clash between Notts County and Bournemouth.
Aston Villa have a potentially difficult trip to Sheffield United as Gerard Houllier returns to the competition that he won as Liverpool's manager in 2001.
Draw for the third round of the FA Cup, matches to be played the weekend of January 8 and 9:
Burnley v Port Vale
Coventry v Crystal Palace
Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham v Peterborough
Doncaster v Wolves
Brighton or FC United of Manchester v Portsmouth
Huddersfield v Dover Athletic
Crawley Town or Swindon v Derby
West Ham v Barnsley
Reading v West Brom
Arsenal v Leeds
Sheffield Utd v Aston Villa
Leicester v Man City
Bolton v York
Blackburn v QPR
Swansea v Colchester
Wycombe v Hereford or Lincoln
Stevenage v Newcastle
Burton Albion v Middlesbrough
Millwall v Birmingham
Southampton v Blackpool
Watford v Hartlepool or Yeovil
Chelsea v Ipswich
Sunderland v Notts County or Bournemouth
Scunthorpe v Everton
Man Utd v Liverpool
Hull v Wigan
Stoke v Cardiff
Tottenham v Charlton or Luton
Preston v Nottingham Forest
Norwich v Droylsden or Leyton Orient
Torquay v Carlisle
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