Manchester United draw Sheffield United in FA Cup Third Round

Manchester United have drawn Sky Bet League One side Sheffield United in the FA Cup Third Round.

The Red Devils are one of the main contenders for the biggest domestic cup in England, having won it 11 times.

Louis van Gaal's side are desperate to win it, however, having not lifted the trophy since a 2004 victory over Millwall at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

United draw Sheffield United in Cup

A long cup run will be expected from United this year, with league games proving dull and drawing criticism from fans, pundits and ex-players.

United went out in the Sixth Round last year to rivals historic Arsenal. Former-United striker Danny Welbeck scored on his return to Old Trafford in a 2-1 win. Nacho Monreal gave the Gunners the lead, although it was canceled out due to a Wayne Rooney equaliser. As United fought back, club record signing Angel di Maria received a red card for pulling back, remarkably, the referee Michael Oliver.

The Reds have played Sheffield United, who are currently twelfth in League One, on 92 occasions, winning 43 times.

Reds haven't lifted trophy since 2004

The pair last met in 2007 when The Blades were last in the Premier League, although only for a season. In 1995, Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes scored at Bramall Lane to send United into the Fourth Round.

Only two players from the 18-man squad who played Sheffield United in 2007 remain at Old Trafford. Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney both scored in a 2-0 win at home eight years ago, and they are the only members of the side left, with Ryan Giggs as assistant manager.

Sheffield United beat Oldham Athletic in the Second Round to get this far and will be hoping for a cupset against giants in United when they travel to Manchester.

The tie will be played between January 8 and January 11.

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