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Manchester United will face Watford in FA Cup third round

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Manchester United will face Watford in the third round of the FA Cup.

An exact date and kick-off time has not yet been set for the match but it will be played between January 8-11, 2021, and be held at Old Trafford.

The game will be the beginning of a busy week for United as they will then travel to Fulham on January 12 before facing another away game at bitter rivals Liverpool the following weekend.

United will be entering the FA Cup in the third round with four non-league clubs in Marine, Chorley, Stockport County and either Canvey Island or Boreham Wood, who face off in the last match of the second round, also in the same stage.


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Watford were relegated from the Premier League last season but are already looking like they will be able to make an instant return to the top flight. They currently sit third in the Championship behind fellow relegated sides Norwich City and Bournemouth.

Despite going down in May, the Hornets did manage to beat United last season 2-0 thanks to goals from Ismaïla Sarr and Troy Deeney. United won the home fixture 3-0, however.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be aiming to go one step further in this year’s tournament as they were knocked out by Chelsea in last year’s semi-finals at Wembley.

United last won the tournament in 2016, defeating Crystal Palace 2-1 in Louis van Gaal’s last game in charge. They have lifted the trophy on 12 different occasions, a record only bettered by Arsenal.

The full third round draw is as follows:

Huddersfield Town v Plymouth Argyle
Southampton v Shrewsbury Town
Chorley v Derby County
Marine v Tottenham Hotspur
Wolves v Crystal Palace
Stockport County v West Ham United
Oldham Athletic v Bournemouth
Manchester United v Watford
Stevenage v Swansea City
Everton v Rotherham United
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Barnsley v Tranmere Rovers
Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United
Canvey Island or Boreham Wood v Millwall
Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster Rovers
Stoke City v Leicester City
Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End
Crawley Town v Leeds United
Burnley v MK Dons
Bristol City v Portsmouth
QPR v Fulham
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Brentford v Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Birmingham City
Luton Town v Reading
Chelsea v Morecambe
Exeter City v Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City v Coventry City
Blackpool v West Brom
Newport County v Brighton
Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town

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