Rio ready for revenge as United face Man City in FA Cup third round
Published 22:26 04/12/11 By Matt Butler
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is relishing the chance for revenge over Manchester City after the clubs were drawn together in the FA Cup third round.
Last year’s winners City, who beat Stoke in the final to end their 35-year wait for silverware, denied United a place in the Wembley showpiece by beating them 1-0 in the semi-final.
And Roberto Mancini’s Premier League leaders thrashed United 6-1 in their most recent meeting in October.
But Ferdinand tweeted: “Man City – great game to kick off this year’s FA Cup, I can’t wait.”
Blackburn travel to Newcastle in the only other all-Premier League tie, while Tony Pulis’s Stoke have a tricky rip to League Two Gillingham.
Arsenal face Leeds in a repeat of last year’s third round, which went to a replay after Cesc Fabregas’s late penalty avoided an upset at the Emirates.
Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey said: “It’s nice to have a home draw but it won’t be easy against Leeds.” Blue Square Premier side Tamworth head to Everton. Manager Marcus Law admitted it will be a dream come true facing a top-flight team.
He said: “I’ll be working and planning very hard.”
Tamworth’s fellow Conference outfit Wrexham’s reward for beating Brentford in round two is a trip to Brighton.
QPR and Sunderland face tricky away ties, at League One promotion-chasers MK Dons and Peterborough respectively.
Liverpool were drawn at home to face either Southend United or Oldham, who drew 1-1 at Roots Hall on Saturday.
Fulham host Charlton in the only definite all-London tie, while Chelsea face 2008 winners Portsmouth in a repeat of the 2010 final.
Full FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser 3rd Round draw
Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury
Nottingham Forest v Leicester
Manchester City v Manchester United
Dagenham & Redbridge/Walsall v Millwall
Crawley v Bristol City
Doncaster v Sutton United/Notts County
Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa
Tottenham v Cheltenham
Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham
MK Dons v QPR
Hull v Ipswich
Coventry v Southampton
Brighton v Wrexham
Fulham v Charlton
Birmingham v Wolves
Norwich v Burnley
Arsenal v Leeds
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/Grimsby
Liverpool v Southend/Oldham
Gillingham v Stoke
Chelsea v Portsmouth
Watford v Bradford
Peterborough v Sunderland
West Brom v Cardiff
Reading v Stevenage
Ties will be played the weekend of January 7-8.