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FA Cup quarter-final draw LIVE: Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United learn fate

FA Cup fifth-round ties take place this midweek as the 16 remaining teams are reduced to the final eight

Lawrence Ostlere
Thursday 29 February 2024 09:40 GMT
'I feel like I'm in a film': Jayden Danns reacts as Liverpool 'dream comes true'

The FA Cup quarter-final draw took place on Wednesday evening as the remaining eight teams all discovered their fate for the next round.

Reigning champions Manchester City were drawn in an all-Premier League tie against Newcastle United while the lowest ranked side left in the competition, Coventry City, were given a potentially favourable side against Wolves.

Championship leaders Leicester City face a trip away from home as they head south. Their opponents are Chelsea, who managed a last-minute winner against Leeds United in the fifth round.

Finally, there is a barnstorming quarter-final clash between old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool. Both teams made it through their fifth round ties - United beating Nottingham Forest thanks to Casemiro’s late winner, while Liverpool’s kids knocked out Southampton - and are now set on a collision course for the last eight.

Relive the best of the FA Cup quarter-final draw below, and get the latest FA Cup odds and tips here.


Manchester United vs Liverpool headlines blockbuster FA Cup quarter-final draw

Manchester United will host rivals Liverpool in a blockbuster FA Cup quarter-final after the two sides advanced with fifth-round victories on Wednesday night.

The Reds remain in contention for three more trophies in what is manager Jurgen Klopp’s final season, after their rousing 1-0 extra-time victory over Chelsea in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final. Liverpool booked their place in the last eight with a 3-0 win over Southampton.

Jayden Danns, the 18-year-old striker, came off the bench to score a late double in front of the Kop for Klopp’s side, earning himself comparisons to teenage darts sensation Luke Littler in the process.

“It is a dream come true,” Danns said. “I’ve supported the club since birth. To come on and score at the Kop End is amazing, it doesn’t feel true. It feels like I’m in a film.”

United, meanwhile, left it late against Nottingham Forest as Casemiro’s 89th-minute header secured a 1-0 win at the City Ground. The result lifted the pressure on manager Erik ten Hag, with the FA Cup representing United’s only chance at winning silverware this season.

Manchester United vs Liverpool headlines blockbuster FA Cup quarter-final draw

Erik ten Hag’s side will look to deny Jurgen Klopp a second trophy of the season after the Reds won the Carabao Cup against Chelsea on Sunday

Jamie Braidwood29 February 2024 08:02

FA Cup full quarter-final draw

Wolves vs Coventry City

Manchester United vs Liverpool

Chelsea vs Leicester City

Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Jamie Braidwood28 February 2024 19:05

Erik ten Hag accuses Nottingham Forest of ‘targeting’ Bruno Fernandes in FA Cup tie

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag accused Nottingham Forest of targeting Bruno Fernandes in his side’s FA Cup win at the City Ground and branded criticism of his captain “pathetic”.

The Portugal midfielder overcame a “serious injury” to play his part in United’s 1-0 victory at Forest, setting up Casemiro’s 89th-minute winner from a free-kick.

He was on the receiving end of plenty of robust challenges from Forest throughout the 90 minutes while also being the butt of social media jokes after Saturday’s loss against Fulham where he suffered the problem.

Fulham’s official TikTok account poked fun at him for appearing to feign injury and it got Ten Hag’s back up.

Asked about the severity of Fernandes’ injury, he said: “I don’t want to go into that because you saw that Forest was targeting him, so I don’t tell what he has but it was a serious injury.

Jamie Braidwood29 February 2024 08:49

Mauricio Pochettino feels Chelsea showed bravery in ‘needed’ win over Leeds

Mauricio Pochettino hailed a “needed” victory as Chelsea bounced back from Sunday’s Carabao Cup final extra-time heartbreak to edge past Leeds and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Conor Gallagher, who missed two glorious chances in the closing stages of normal time in the Wembley loss to Liverpool, came off the bench to hit the winner at Stamford Bridge as the Championship side were dispatched 3-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Leicester.

Axel Disasi and Moises Caicedo combined to gift Mateo Joseph an eighth-minute opener but the Blues turned it around before half-time as Nicolas Jackson equalised and Raheem Sterling set up Mykhailo Mudryk to make it 2-1.

Leeds levelled just before the hour mark when Joseph headed home his second but Enzo Fernandez set up Gallagher to avoid extra-time and put Chelsea through.

“We needed this result,” said Pochettino. “It wasn’t a great performance. (Leeds) were a team full of confidence, a very strong team, they are doing fantastic in the Championship.

Mauricio Pochettino feels Chelsea showed bravery in ‘needed’ win over Leeds

The Blues left it late to see off their Championship opponents just days after their Carabao Cup final defeat.

Jamie Braidwood29 February 2024 08:30

‘The Liverpool Littler’: How Jayden Danns became football’s next teenage sensation

Where Jayden Danns saw a movie, Jurgen Klopp saw a darts championship. Both revolved around a teenager, thrust from obscurity to prominence at a speed that defied logic. Danns has become Liverpool’s overnight sensation: or over a week, anyway, bringing a debut, a trophy and then his first two goals, both scored in front of the Kop. As he, and his fellow 18-year-old Lewis Koumas, joined an illustrious group to score for Liverpool in their teens, the comparison his manager reached for was not with Robbie Fowler or Michael Owen, Raheem Sterling or Trent Alexander-Arnold, but Luke Littler, who reached the final of the World Darts Championship at 16.

Eight days earlier, Danns had not even been the most famous footballer in his own family. The speed of his rise will generate intrigue and attention. Klopp’s hope is that others can share his patience. “I understand it 100 per cent but it is a little bit like the new darts sensation, it is fine for tonight,” the Liverpool manager said. “But from tomorrow, leave the boys in the corner, please. And don’t ask: ‘Where are they now? Where are they now? Where are they now?’”

They are not questions Klopp is used to fielding, being quizzed about omitting Danns and Koumas, Bobby Clark and James McConnell. But then the Liverpool supporter who was supposed to see himself on the big screen was Daniel Craig. For Danns, a double against Southampton seemed an out-of-body experience.

‘The Liverpool Littler’: Jayden Danns became football’s next teenage sensation

The 18-year-old and boyhood Liverpool fan completed a remarkable week by scoring two goals in front of the Kop, living out his childhood dream by knocking out Southampton in the FA Cup

Jamie Braidwood29 February 2024 07:38

Liverpool vs Southampton

Alternatively, Liverpool are hosting Southampton with an interesting looking starting XI. See how that match plays out right here:

Liverpool vs Southampton LIVE: Latest FA Cup team news and updates

Jurgen Klopp’s side host the Saints hoping for more cup success following their triumph in the Carabao Cup final last Sunday

Mike Jones28 February 2024 19:13

Chelsea vs Leeds

Now that the draw has taken place, let’s find out which of the remaining fifth round teams will be advancing to the next round. We’re covering two of this evening’s matches live.

If you fancy it, updates from Chelsea vs Leeds are right here:

Chelsea vs Leeds LIVE: Latest FA Cup team news and line-ups

Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to brush off their Carabao Cup final defeat when they take on Leeds in the FA Cup

Mike Jones28 February 2024 19:11

FA Cup draw LIVE

Finally, Manchester City are at home against Newcastle United.

Mike Jones28 February 2024 19:03

FA Cup draw LIVE

Chelsea or Leeds United with take on Leicester City, the current Championship leaders.

Mike Jones28 February 2024 19:03

FA Cup draw LIVE

Next up Nottingham Forest or Manchester United will face either Liverpool or Southampton.

Mike Jones28 February 2024 19:03

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