FA CUP DRAW: Cobblers to entertain Manchester United in fifth round - if they get past Derby County in replay

Cobblers have been given a huge incentive to get past Derby County in next week's replay at Pride Park after drawing the might of Manchester United at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 7:27 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 8:41 pm
The FA Cup trophy

Cobblers and Derby will face off for a second time at Pride Park next week to determine who goes through to face Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side, who are currently fifth in the Premier League.

Town's last run to the fifth round of the competition was ended by Manchester United 50 years ago - almost to the day - when George Best scored six goals in an 8-2 victory. United were also the opponents when Cobblers last lost in round four, defeated 3-0 in 2004.

The two clubs met as recently as 2016 when Jose Mourinho's United ran out 3-1 winners in the League Cup after goals from Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford.

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Ian Sampson tackles Diego Forlan during the 2004 FA Cup tie at Sixfields. Picture: Pet

Many onlookers will have eyes on a potential clash between Wayne Rooney and his former club in the fifth round but Cobblers will be hoping to spoil the party when they go to Pride Park next week.

The fifth-round draw was conducted by Teddy Sheringham and Glen Johnson live on BBC One and featured Northampton for the first time since 1970.

There will be no replays in the fifth round of the competition this season and ties are scheduled to take place in midweek at the start of March.


Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City

Reading or Cardiff v Sheffield United

Chelsea v Shrewsbury or Liverpool

West Brom v Newcastle or Oxford

Leicester City v Coventry or Birmingham

NORTHAMPTON TOWN or Derby v Manchester United

Southampton or Tottenham v Norwich

Portsmouth v Bournemouth or Arsenal