Manchester United FC and Arsenal FC will meet in the English League Cup quarter-finals in three weeks' time while fellow UEFA Champions League hopefuls Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC have been kept apart.
United and Arsenal met last month in a fiery encounter with Sir Alex Ferguson's men earning a 2-0 victory to end Arsenal's 49-match unbeaten run in the Premiership. Following tunnel incidents at Old Trafford, United striker Ruud van Nistelrooij received a three-match ban for his challenge on Ashley Cole and the London club's manager Arsène Wenger was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for his post-match comments.
Sir Alex happy
The FA had been set to hold a 'clear the air' meeting between the two clubs, although before last night's draw the sides had not been scheduled to meet until the reverse Premiership meeting on 1 February. "The FA will be delighted," said Sir Alex after his team beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the fourth round. "You couldn't ask for more attractive [quarter-final] ties." Arsenal, meanwhile, had won 3-1 at home against Everton FC the previous evening.
In other ties, Premiership leaders Chelsea make the short trip to west London neighbours Fulham FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC welcome Liverpool FC, trophy winners a record seven times, and first division side Watford FC are at home to Portsmouth FC. The quarter-finals will be played on 30 November and 1 December with the eventual competition winners going on to claim a UEFA Cup place.
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