Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand welcomed their FA Cup clash with neighbours City after the pair were drawn together in the third round.
FA Cup: United's Ferdinand excited by third-round clash with Man City
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand welcomed their FA Cup clash with neighbours City after the pair were drawn together in the third round yesterday.
Yesterday's pairing was the highlight of the draw with other eye-catching ties including Birmingham City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal against Leeds United, reuniting the teams that met in last year's third round which saw the north London side progress after a replay.
Ferdinand wrote on his Twitter account: "3rd round FA cup game vs mancity..great game to kick off this yrs FA cup, can't wait."
Tottenham Hotspur, third in the Premier League, host Cheltenham Town, while Chelsea are also at home, against Portsmouth in a repeat of the 2010 final which the Stamford Bridge club won.
Newcastle United host Blackburn Rovers in an all-Premier League tie while Liverpool will face the winners of the replay between Southend United and Oldham Athletic at Anfield.
Tamworth, of the Blue Square Premier, can relish the prospect of a good pay day after being drawn at Everton.
Manager Marcus Law said it will be a dream come true facing a top-flight team.
He told Sky Sport News: "I'll be working and planning very hard come that time."
Full FA Cup third-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.