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United handed potential home tie in the fourth round

1Forget about away days to lower league sides or glamorous ties against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool or City. Should United beat West Ham in the replay next week, they’ll be playing at home against Fulham or Blackpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Tangerines and the Cottagers face a replay of their own after a 1-1 draw in London yesterday, but Sir Alex Ferguson will fancy his side to reach the fifth round of the competition for the first time since 2011.

United have faced Fulham 10 times in the FA Cup, with the most recent meeting being a 4-0 away at Craven Cottage in the quarter-finals four years ago, while to find trace of the only defeat we have to dig back to the same stage of the competition in 1907-08 when United lost 2-1 to the Londoners in their first meeting in the FA Cup.

By contrast, United and Blackpool have only met each other once in football’s oldest tournament, with United triumphing 4-2 in the 1947-48 final.

The result of the draw will no doubt please the Glazers, who get to activate the automatic cup scheme, with money for the West Ham AND the potential fourth round tie likely to be withdrawn from season ticket holders’accounts as soon as possible.

Dan (MUFC_dan87)