Manchester United hosts Arsenal in FA Cup last 16
Manchester United will face Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and Liverpool and Chelsea picked up home games against Monday's draw.sports Updated: Jan 28, 2008 19:39 IST
Manchester United will face Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and Liverpool and Chelsea picked up home games against relatively easy opponents in Monday's draw. The two most successful clubs in the competition's 136-year history meet at Old Trafford for a place in the quarterfinals. The last FA Cup meeting of record 11-time champion United and 10-time winner Arsenal was in the 2005 final when the Gunners won a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw.
Defending champion Chelsea hosts Huddersfield from League One, and Liverpool, which won its seventh FA Cup title in 2006, welcomes Championship club Barnsley to Anfield. Liverpool beat semipro team Havant and Waterlooville 5-2 on Saturday after trailing 2-1 until just before halftime.
Only six Premier League clubs have made it to the last 16, but United and Arsenal were the only two to face each other. Middlesbrough goes to Championship club Sheffield United, which upset Manchester City 2-1 Sunday. Portsmouth goes to Championship team Preston, which won 4-1 at Derby County, which is last in the Premier League.
The other pairings are: Bristol Rovers vs. Southampton; Cardiff City vs. Wolves; and Coventry vs. West Bromwich Albion. Three non-Premier League teams are guaranteed to be in the last eight.