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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.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand welcomed their FA Cup clash with neighbours City after the pair were drawn together in the third round yesterday.

The teams will meet again on the weekend of January 7-8 in a rematch of last season's semi-final which Roberto Mancini's sidewon before going on to lift the cup with victory against Stoke City.

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.