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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Utd host Reading, City visit Hammers

Manchester United will begin their FA Cup defence at home to a Reading side managed by their former defender Jaap Stam, while their local rivals Manchester City visit West Ham United in the third round after the draw was made on Monday.

Premier League leaders Chelsea will host Notts County or Peterborough, English champions Leicester City will visit fellow top-flight side Everton, while Liverpool welcome Newport County or Plymouth Argyle in ties to be played between January 6-9.

Arsenal, who like Manchester United have won the famous old trophy a record 12 times, travel to Preston North End, while north London rivals and eight-times winners Tottenham Hotspur entertain Aston Villa, who won the FA Cup on seven occasions.

Seventh-tier Stourbridge United, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, face a rearranged second-round tie at home to Northampton Town on December 13 before they can contemplate a visit to league Two (fourth-tier) Wycombe Wanderers.

There are four all-Premier League ties, including Hull City at home to Swansea City and Burnley away to Sunderland.
Second-tier Reading's boss Stam was a favourite during three years at United, where the Netherlands international was part of the famous 1998-99 treble-winning side under Alex Ferguson. He also won league titles either side of that historic season.

Stam's ex-United teammate Andy Cole expects the Dutchman to get a good reception on his return to Old Trafford.
"I look forward to that," he told the BBC. "He's done very well at Reading. I'm really pleased for him."
Stam took over at Reading in the close season and has guided them to third place in the Championship. United are sixth in the Premier League under their new manager Jose Mourinho.

FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW

Ipswich Town v Lincoln City
Barrow v Rochdale
Manchester United v Reading
Hull City v Swansea City
Sunderland v Burnley
Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers
Millwall v Bournemouth
West Ham United v Manchester City
Brighton & Hove Albion v MK Dons/Charlton Athletic
Blackpool v Barnsley
Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest
Birmingham City v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Notts County/Peterborough United
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday
West Brom Albion v Derby County
Everton v Leicester City
Liverpool v Newport County/Plymouth Argyle
Wycombe Wanderers v Stourbridge/Northampton Town
Watford v Burton Albion
Preston North End v Arsenal
Cardiff City v Fulham
Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cambridge United v Leeds United
Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town/Fleetwood Town
Huddersfield Town v Port Vale
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Brentford v Halifax Town/Eastleigh
Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
Norwich City v Southampton
Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon
Accrington Stanley v Luton Town
Rotherham United v Oxford United/Macclesfield Town

*Ties to be played Jan. 6-9

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