Tuesday 23 January 2018

Hodgson set for Old Trafford trip as Chelsea host Keane's Tractor Boys

Jack Pitt-Brooke

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 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 United by the Glazer family -- will host last year's beaten finalists Portsmouth if they overcome Brighton in their second-round replay on December 8.

Arsenal, 10 times Cup winners, host Leeds. Cup holders Chelsea are at home to Roy Keane's Ipswich.

Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, will be in competition with his mentor Sven-Goran Eriksson as Manchester City travel to Leicester. Mancini played for Eriksson at both Sampdoria and Lazio and later became Eriksson's assistant at Lazio.

Both will be reunited 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 in 2001.

There are a few unfamiliar trips for Premier League clubs.

Newcastle will travel to Stevenage of League Two.

Everton are away at Scunthorpe and Wolves will go to Doncaster. Fulham host Peterborough, Blackpool travel to Southampton, and Sunderland await the winners of the clash between Notts County and Bournemouth.

Aston Villa have a difficult trip to Sheffield United as Gerard Houllier returns to the competition that he won as Liverpool manager in 2001. (© Independent News Service)

FA CUP 3RD-ROUND DRAW: Burnley v Port Vale, Coventry v Crystal Palace, Bristol City v Sheff Wed, Fulham v Peterborough, Doncaster v Wolves, Brighton/ FC United v Portsmouth, Huddersfield v Dover, Crawley Town/Swindon v Derby, West Ham v Barnsley, Reading v West Brom, Arsenal v Leeds, Sheff Utd v Aston Villa, Leicester v Man City, Bolton v York, Blackburn v QPR, Swansea v Colchester, Wycombe v Hereford/ Lincoln, Stevenage v Newcastle, Burton v Middlesbrough, Millwall v Birmingham, Southampton v Blackpool, Watford v Hartlepool/ Yeovil, Chelsea v Ipswich, Sunderland v Notts County/ Bournemouth, Scunthorpe v Everton, Man Utd v Liverpool, Hull v Wigan, Stoke v Cardiff, Tottenham v Charlton/ Luton, Preston v Nottm Forest, Norwich v Droylsden/ Leyton Orient, Torquay v Carlisle.

Ties to be played the weekend of January 8-9.

Irish Independent

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