Manchester United FC are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 1-0 home win against ten-man Liverpool FC, and there was joy too for Tottenham Hotspur FC and Chelsea FC as they completed respective 3-0 and 7-0 victories against Charlton Athletic FC and Ipswich Town FC.
Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford marked the return of manager Kenny Dalglish as a replacement for the departed Roy Hodgson, but the Scot's second tenure at the club got off to the worst possible start when his side conceded a penalty with less than a minute played. Daniel Agger's foul on Dimitar Berbatov earned Ryan Giggs the opportunity to put the hosts ahead, which he gratefully accepted.
The visitors' problems were compounded on 32 minutes when Steven Gerrard was shown a straight red card for a foul on Michael Carrick, though they were relieved to see Jonny Evans' header on the stroke of half-time come back off a post and Berbatov blaze over after the interval. Despite their one-man advantage, United were unable to extend their lead and were indebted to Tomasz Kuszczak for palming away Fábio Aurélio's curling free-kick.
Tottenham moved into the fourth round with a comfortable win against Charlton, who held off their London rivals for 49 minutes until Andros Townsend gave the hosts the lead on his debut. Two further strikes in quick succession from Jermain Defoe (58, 60) put paid to any notion of a cup shock at White Hart Lane.
Chelsea were even more convincing as Daniel Sturridge and Frank Lampard each scored twice against Ipswich but Manchester City FC will require a replay after a 2-2 draw against Leicester City FC. Hosts Leicester took a first-minute lead through Sol Bamba, before Andy King cancelled out first-half strikes by James Milner and Carlos Tévez.
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