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article imageOp-Ed: Manchester City draw Manchester United in FA Cup third round

By Christopher Bates     Dec 4, 2011 in Sports
Following today's third round draw of the FA Cup, Manchester United have been drawn against fierce rivals and defending champions, Manchester City.
Both Manchester clubs were probably hoping for lower league opposition, as priorities currently lie with the Premiership and Champions League.
United and City met in last year's semi-final at Wembley Stadium, which City won following Yaya Toure's 52nd minute goal. City went on to win the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City.
United beat Liverpool in the third round of last year's competition, but their current form has been fairly poor. As United stand five points behind City in the Premiership, they may wish to rest players for January's clash.
Meanwhile, City will hope to retain their crown, and with such quality at his disposal, expect Roberto Mancini to rotate his squad, having to also consider League Cup ties with Liverpool.
United will certainly be out for revenge, after City beat them 6-1 at Old Trafford in October.
Fixtures (listed below) will be played on January 7 and 8.
Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury
Nottingham Forest v Leicester City
Manchester City v Manchester United
Dagenham & Redbridge/Walsall v Millwall
Crawley v Bristol City
Doncaster v Sutton Utd/Notts County
Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa
Tottenham v Cheltenham Town
Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham
Milton Keynes Dons v QPR
Hull City v Ipswich Town
Coventry v Southampton
Brighton v Wrexham
Fulham v Charlton Athletic
Birmingham v Wolves
Norwich v Burnley
Arsenal v Leeds United
Derby v Crystal Palace
Fleetwood/Yeovil v Blackpool
Swindon v Wigan
Barnsley v Swansea
Chelmsford/Macclesfield v Bolton
Newcastle v Blackburn
Everton v Tamworth
Sheffield United v Salisbury City/Grimsby
Liverpool v Southend/Oldham
Gillingham v Stoke
Chelsea v Portsmouth
Watford v Bradford
Peterborough v Sunderland
West Brom v Cardiff
Reading v Stevenage
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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