Thursday 21 September 2017

Red Devils out for revenge as they draw City in Cup rerun

Manchester will be the epicentre of the third round of the FA Cup after City were drawn to play United yesterday.

Nine months after knocking them out at the semi-final stage -- and three months after inflicting on Alex Ferguson his greatest managerial defeat -- Roberto Mancini will lead City out against United at the Etihad Stadium.

It will be only the second time that City will have played at home against United in the competition.

In 1955, they beat United 2-0 at Maine Road and went on to reach the final.

Chelsea have continued their habit of straightforward-looking FA Cup ties at home with Portsmouth the opposition.

Just as they did in last season's year's third round, Arsenal have been drawn to play Leeds at the Emirates Stadium. Only a last-minute Cesc Fabregas penalty saved Arsene Wenger's side from elimination before they won 3-1 at Elland Road.

Tottenham's tie against Cheltenham would have been a little more daunting at Whaddon Road rather than White Hart Lane while Tamworth will be grateful for the extra revenue a third-round tie at Everton will produce.

The reward for the winners of the replay between Southend and Oldham is a visit to Liverpool.

FA Cup third round draw

Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury Town

Nottingham Forest v Leicester City

Manchester City v Manchester United

Dagenham & Redbridge/Walsall v Millwall

Crawley Town v Bristol City

Doncaster Rovers v Notts County

Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa

Tottenham Hotspur v Cheltenham Town

Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham United

Milton Keynes Dons v Queen's Park Rangers

Hull City v Ipswich Town

Coventry City v Southampton

Brighton & Hove Albion v Wrexham

Fulham v Charlton Athletic

Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Norwich City v Burnley

Arsenal v Leeds United

Derby County v Crystal Palace

Fleetwood Town/Yeovil v Blackpool

Swindon Town v Wigan Athletic

Barnsley v Swansea City

Chelmsford City/Macclesfield Town v Bolton Wdrs

Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers

Everton v Tamworth

Sheffield United v Salisbury City/Grimsby Town

Liverpool v Southend United/Oldham Athletic

Gillingham v Stoke City

Chelsea v Portsmouth

Watford v Bradford City

Peterborough United v Sunderland

West Bromwich Albion v Cardiff City

Reading v Stevenage

Ties to be played over weekend of January 7/8

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