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Man United will face Chelsea in the standout tie of the FA Cup fifth round

Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Maurizio Sarri will come face-to-face in a repeat of last season's final

The giants began to fall in the fourth round of the FA Cup and now just a handful of Premier League sides are left standing.

Only Man City, Chelsea and Man United remain out of English football’s top six sides and the two of them will come face-to-face in the fifth round of football’s oldest cup competition.


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Whether you hate them or hate them, the foil replicas are here to stay

The marquee result of the fourth round was undoubtedly United’s win over Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez returned to the Emirates to haunt his former club.

Jesse Lingard and co danced their way into the fifth round where they will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a repeat of last season’s final for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Remember me?

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said he’s already making plans for next season as he hopes to get the Red Devils’ managerial position on a permanent basis and bringing the FA Cup back to Old Trafford will do his case no harm.

Can Ole right the wrongs of last year’s final?

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Can Ole right the wrongs of last year’s final?

Chelsea will be the opponents hoping to stop United from equalling Arsenal’s record of 13 FA Cup titles after they breezed past Sheffield Wednesday in a convincing 3-0 win.

Antonio Conte’s side beat Jose Mourinho’s men 1-0 in the 2018 final

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Antonio Conte’s side beat Jose Mourinho’s men 1-0 in the 2018 final

The reigning champions will hope that Gonzalo Higuain, who made his debut against the Owls, can find his shooting boots in the next round and heap FA Cup misery on Solskjær’s men.

The striker cut his teeth in the competition at the weekend

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The striker cut his teeth in the competition at the weekend

Elsewhere, City stamped their authority on the competition with a routine 5-0 win over Burnley in the last round and will now face either Middlesbrough or Newport County in the fifth round.

Pep Guardiola is yet to win the FA Cup since taking the reins at City and will see this year as the perfect chance to break that hodoo after a number of rivals crashed out of the competition.

Opportunity knocks for Pep

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Opportunity knocks for Pep

However, City should be wary of the threat of Newport if they come through their replay against Middlesbrough, as the League Two minnows have already taken the scalp of Leicester City in the competition this season.

The League Two side were 2-1 winners over Leicester in the third round

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The League Two side were 2-1 winners over Leicester in the third round

All FA Cup fifth round ties will take place between Friday 15 February and Monday 18 February.


FA Cup fifth round draw in full:

Middlesbrough or Newport County v Man City

ChelseaMan United

Swansea City v Barnet or Brentford

AFC Wimbledon v Millwall

Bristol City v Shrewsbury or Wolves

Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace

Brighton or West Brom v Derby County

Portsmouth or QPR v Watford


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