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Manchester United and Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson were bounced from soccer's Champions League tournament after losing to Basel of Switzerland in their final group stage game on Wednesday. Getty Images/IAN KINGTON (IAN KINGTON/Getty Images)

Man-United and City will battle in FA Cup Add to ...

Holders Manchester City will host rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup third round after Sunday’s draw threw up a mouth-watering derby.

The Manchester clubs, who are setting the pace in the Premier League, met in last season’s FA Cup semi-final with City winning 1-0 before securing their first major trophy for 35 years by beating Stoke City in the final.

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January’s Cup meeting will come almost three months after City stunned their neighbours 6-1 in the league at Old Trafford in a result that signalled their strong intention to challenge United’s years of domination in the city.

City have raced to a five-point lead in the Premier League over champions United, who will see the Cup meeting at the Etihad stadium as the perfect chance to exact revenge on their high-flying rivals.

The match is by far the standout of the draw for the Jan. 7-8 ties, although the jubilant scenes of players from non-league Tamworth celebrating being handed a trip to Premier League Everton were a reminder of the magic of the FA Cup.

Apart from the big Manchester match, there will be one other all top-flight meeting as Newcastle United will host struggling Blackburn Rovers.

Last year’s runners-up Stoke will travel to League Two (fourth division) Gillingham.





FA Cup third-round draw made on Sunday (Premier League clubs unless stated, numerals denote division, ML denotes minor league):



Middlesbrough (II) v Shrewsbury Town (IV)



Nottingham Forest (II) v Leicester City (II)



Manchester City v Manchester United



Dagenham & Redbridge (IV) or Walsall (III) v Millwall (II)



Crawley Town (IV) v Bristol City (II)



Doncaster Rovers (II) v Sutton United (ML) or Notts County (III)



Bristol Rovers (IV) v Aston Villa



Tottenham Hotspur v Cheltenham Town (IV)



Sheffield Wednesday (III) v West Ham United (II)



Milton Keynes Dons (III) v Queens Park Rangers



Hull City (II) v Ipswich Town (II)



Coventry City (II) v Southampton (II)



Brighton & Hove Albion (II) v Wrexham (ML)



Fulham v Charlton Athletic (III)



Birmingham City (II) v Wolverhampton Wanderers



Norwich City v Burnley (II)



Arsenal v Leeds United (II)



Derby County (II) v Crystal Palace (II)



Fleetwood Town (ML) or Yeovil Town (III) v Blackpool (II)



Swindon Town (IV) v Wigan Athletic



Barnsley (II) v Swansea City



Chelmsford City (ML) or Macclesfield Town (IV) v Bolton Wanderers



Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers



Everton v Tamworth (ML)



Sheffield United (III) v Salisbury City (ML) or Grimsby Town (ML)



Liverpool v Southend United (IV) or Oldham Athletic (III)



Gillingham (IV) v Stoke City



Chelsea v Portsmouth (II)



Watford (II) v Bradford City (IV)



Peterborough United (II) v Sunderland



West Bromwich Albion v Cardiff City (II)



Reading (II) v Stevenage (III)



* Ties to be played Jan. 7/8

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