Draw sends Crawley to Old Trafford
Non-league Crawley were handed a dream tie against Manchester United as the draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup was made today.
Crawley, who defeated League Two Torquay United 1-0 yesterday to become only the sixth non-league side ever advance to the last 16, will travel to Old Trafford for the standout tie of the fifth round.
The tiny Sussex club have already accounted for Championship strugglers Derby County and League One side Swindon this year, and manager Steve Evans vowed before the draw that his team would not alter their attacking style.
"It [getting paired with United] was just a surreal moment," Evans said on Sky Sports News. "We got the tie that everyone in the country wants. I suppose if you are Arsene Wenger or Alec McLeish you don't want that draw - but we did.
"We will approach the tie in a really positive nature. The only non-league club capable of beating Manchester United is Crawley Town as we stand today...miracles do happen. This is going to be the biggest day in our lives but we will give them the respect that Real Madrid gave them...the utmost respect."
In other ties, League One's Leyton Orient will entertain Arsenal at Brisbane Road in a London derby while League One side Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Stoke City. West Ham United's reward for beating Nottingham Forest 3-2 will be a home tie against the Championship's Burnley.
The winner of Notts County and Manchester City will face Aston Villa at home while Sheffield Wednesday travel to Birmingham City. Holders Chelsea will play Reading at Stamford Bridge provided they overcome Everton in their fourth-round replay. Fulham will face either Bolton Wanderers or Wigan Athletic, who drew 0-0 yesterday.
FA Cup fifth round draw:
West Ham United v Burnley
Notts County/Manchester City v Aston Villa
Stoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday
Leyton Orient v Arsenal
Everton/Chelsea v Reading
Manchester United v Crawley
Fulham v Bolton Wanderers/Wigan Athletic
Matches to be played on 19/20 February.