Manchester United have been drawn away to Leicester City in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals.
The tie was one of four drawn out this Thursday evening, between the final two games in the fifth round – Southampton’s impressive 2-0 away win over Wolves at Molineux and Barnsley’s narrow failure to pull off an upset at Oakwell, where they lost 1-0 to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
United reached the last eight for a club-record seventh season in a row by beating West Ham United 1-0 after extra-time on Tuesday night, following the previous home wins over Watford and Liverpool in the third and fourth rounds respectively.
The quarter-final ties will be played on Saturday 20 or Sunday 21 March. Our away trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League was provisionally scheduled for that weekend and will be rearranged.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men can take confidence from the club’s record against Leicester in recent seasons – the Reds have won nine of the last 13 clashes, drawing the other four. Those draws include our most recent game at King Power Stadium, which ended 2-2 on Boxing Day with Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes on the scoresheet.
Fernandes also grabbed a goal in the crucial 2-0 win there, in the final Premier League game of last season, as the Reds qualified for the Champions League at the expense of Brendan Rodgers’s side.
Going further back, the clubs have only faced each other twice before in the FA Cup, with United winning both ties. On Valentine’s Day in 1976, Lou Macari and Gerry Daly netted as the Reds won 2-1 at the Foxes’ former ground, Filbert Street, en route to the final in which we infamously lost to the underdogs Southampton.
The other FA Cup meeting was the final of 1963 – Matt Busby’s team beat Leicester 3-1 at Wembley, with strikes from Denis Law and David Herd (2), to secure the club’s first trophy since the Munich Air Disaster.
2020/21 FA CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Everton v Manchester City
Bournemouth v Southampton
Leicester City v UNITED
Chelsea v Sheffield United