United up against Villa in the FA Cup draw

Manchester United will again travel to Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup.

Manchester United will again travel to Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup.

Alex Ferguson’s side were this afternoon drawn against Villa at the third round stage for the fourth time in the past seven seasons.

United, beaten finalists last season, have won each of the three previous meetings in 2002, 2004 and 2007.

Holders Chelsea were handed a home tie against QPR while 2006 winners Liverpool will travel to Luton or Nottingham Forest.

Arsenal travel to Burnley while there are two other all-Premier League meetings with Tottenham hosting Reading and West Ham facing Manchester City.

Non-League Havant & Waterlooville, conquerors of Notts County, could face another amateur side after being paired with Horsham or Swansea.

The ties will take place on January 5 or 6.

Draw for the third round of the FA Cup:

Preston v Scunthorpe

Port Vale/Chase Town v Cardiff

Colchester v Peterborough

Bolton v Sheffield United

Blackburn v Coventry

Brighton v Mansfield

Northampton/Walsall v Millwall

Charlton v West Brom

Watford v Crystal Palace

Luton/Nottingham Forest v Liverpool

Plymouth v Hull

Aston Villa v Manchester United

Tranmere v Hereford

Tottenham v Reading

Burnley v Arsenal

Bristol City v Middlesbrough

Fulham v Bristol Rovers

Huddersfield v Birmingham

Horsham/Swansea v Havant and Waterlooville

Sunderland v Wigan

Oxford United/Southend v Dagenham and Redbridge

Everton v Oldham

Derby v Sheffield Wednesday

Southampton v Leicester

West Ham v Manchester City

Ipswich v Portsmouth

Wolves v Cambridge United

Barnsley v Blackpool

Chelsea v QPR

Stoke v Newcastle

Swindon v Burton Albion/Barnet

Norwich v Bury

Ties will be played over the weekend of January 5 and 6.

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