FA CUP DRAW Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford in the fourth round

Manchester United will host Liverpool in a blockbuster FA Cup fourth round tie as non-League Chorley drew a home game with Premier League Wolves.

The National League North side, who beat Covid-hit Derby 2-0 in the third round, are the lowest-ranked side left but will relish welcoming Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to Victory Park.

Should they knock them out, they will be eyeing a possible fifth round tie against holders Arsenal. 

Manchester United will host bitter Premier League rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will welcome the Reds to Old Trafford days after league clash


The fourth-round fixtures will take place over the weekend beginning January 23 and the fifth round ties will be held midweek of the week commencing February 8. 


To try to allow teams to plan their schedule, both the fourth and fifth round draws were made last night.

‘Premier League opposition is what we wanted,’ said Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio. ‘There is a bit of history there, too — in 1986 we beat Wolves 3-0, so we just need to do that again. Our chairman, Ken Wright, was the manager at the time.

‘It will be tough to keep the players focused on the league, which is our priority. They are going to start thinking about Wolves and dreaming big.

‘The players will be working even harder to be in that starting line-up.’

League Two Crawley, who knocked out Leeds, travel to Championship promotion hopefuls Bournemouth. Crawley manager John Yems may feel he has a point to prove after he was released from the Cherries’ coaching staff in 2018.

Arsenal will meet either Southampton or Shrewsbury — a third round game which has yet to be played due to a coronavirus outbreak at the League One club — and League Two Cheltenham have drawn a mouth-watering meeting at home to Manchester City. 

Non-league Chorley drew top-flight opposition in Wolves after their 2-0 victory over Derby

Non-league Chorley drew top-flight opposition in Wolves after their 2-0 victory over Derby

Holders Arsenal face a fourth-round trip to either Southampton or Shrewsbury

Holders Arsenal face a fourth-round trip to either Southampton or Shrewsbury

But it is the game between United and Liverpool, who have won the trophy 19 times between them, which is the highlight. United have not lifted the Cup since 2016, and Liverpool have not won it since 2006. It means back-to-back games for the sides, who meet in the league at Anfield on Sunday.

With both teams challenging for the title, and coronavirus playing havoc with the schedule, it remains to be seen how strong the starting line-ups chosen by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp will be, though a battle between the two great clubs will always whet the appetite.

Elsewhere, Brighton host Blackpool and Spurs travel to Championship strugglers Wycombe Wanderers.

See the full draw below 


Fourth round:

Cheltenham vs Manchester City

Bournemouth vs Crawley

Swansea vs Nottingham Forest

Manchester United vs Liverpool

Southampton or Shrewsbury vs Arsenal

Barnsley vs Norwich

Chorley vs Wolves

Millwall vs Bristol City

Brighton vs Blackpool

Wycombe vs Tottenham

Fulham vs Burnley

Sheffield United vs Plymouth

Chelsea vs Luton 

West Ham vs Doncaster

Brentford vs Leicester

Everton vs Sheffield Wednesday

Fifth round:

Fulham or Burnley vs Bournemouth or Crawley

Manchester United or Liverpool vs Stockport/West Ham or Doncaster

Sheffield United or Plymouth vs Millwall or Bristol City

Chorley or Wolves vs Southampton/Shrewsbury or Arsenal

Barnsley or Norwich vs Chelsea or Luton

Everton or Sheffield Wednesday vs Wycombe or Tottenham

Swansea or Nottingham Forest vs Cheltenham or Manchester City

Brentford or Leicester vs Brighton or Blackpool


 Relive the live coverage from Sportsmail’s Ieuan Ivett from the fourth and fifth round draw of the FA Cup. 

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