FA Cup draws: Derby threat looms for Van Gaal

Man United have a lot to prove after laboured 1-0 win over Sheffield in EPL


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LONDON: Louis van Gaal has been handed another potentially embarrassing FA Cup test after Manchester United were drawn against Derby in the fourth round.

Van Gaal came under fire from United fans after his spluttering side laboured to a 1-0 victory over third tier Sheffield United in the third round at Old Trafford on Saturday.

And Championship promotion chasers Derby are likely to provide another tricky tie for Van Gaal’s side.

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Derby, managed by former Chelsea and Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement, are second in the Championship as they chase promotion to the top-flight.

Holders Arsenal, 3-1 winners over Sunderland in the third round and bidding to lift the trophy for the third year in succession, have been handed a home tie against Burnley.

Manchester City will travel to either League Two club Wycombe or Aston Villa, who drew 1-1 on Saturday.

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Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by fourth tier Exeter and the winner of that replay will entertain West Ham.

National League outfit Eastleigh, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, will host Championship side Leeds if they can see off Bolton in a replay.

Harry Kane’s late penalty kept Tottenham in the competition and if Spurs win their replay against Leicester, a trip to third tier Colchester awaits.

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Crystal Palace tackle Stoke in an all-Premier League tie while fourth tier Oxford must wait to discover if they will host their League Two rivals Newport or second tier Blackburn.

If West Bromwich Albion manage to get past Bristol City in a replay they will welcome Peterborough, while Everton will visit either Carlisle or Yeovil.

Watford travel to Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth could enjoy a short trip to Fratton Park if local rivals Portsmouth can overcome Ipswich. 

Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2016.

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