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Peter Crouch creates one of the biggest ever weeks in Liverpool-Man United rivalry with FA Cup draw

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Peter Crouch created one of the biggest weeks in the history of Liverpool’s rivalry with Manchester United after the former England striker drew the two sides toegether in the FA Cup on Monday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will take on Jurgen Klopp‘s champions in a mouth-watering fourth round derby clash Old Trafford between January 22-25.

The two teams do not just divide the north west of England but are also the top two sides in the Premier League at the moment, with Clancy’s tweet to her husband epitomising the rivalry between the two sides.

Peter Crouch drew rivals Manchester United and Liverpool together in the FA Cup fourth round

Peter Crouch drew rivals Manchester United and Liverpool together in the FA Cup fourth round

Crouch's wife Abbey Clancey, born in Liverpool claimed her family are unhappywith the draw

Crouch’s wife Abbey Clancey, born in Liverpool claimed her family are unhappywith the draw

Clancy tweeted on Monday night: ‘My dad is gonna kill you Man U v Liverpool #facupdraw’, with Crouch responding that he will ‘head straight to the spare room’. 

Crouch began the drew by impersonating music legend Rod Stewart who exaggerated his pulling the balls out of the hat when doing the Scottish Cup draw back in 2017. 

The former England striker even added his own ‘robot’ version to the stunt to coincide with his iconic celebration during his playing days. 

Crouch also made a tribute to Sir Rod Stewart with an exaggeration of drawing the balls

Crouch also made a tribute to Sir Rod Stewart with an exaggeration of drawing the balls

Stewart pulled off the same stunt while drawing the Scottish Cup teams back in January 2017

Stewart pulled off the same stunt while drawing the Scottish Cup teams back in January 2017

Fans of United and Liverpool reacted to the draw with excitement as the rivals are set to meet in for the second time in a week at the end of January – as last year’s top-flight champions host Solskjaer’s side on Sunday in the Premier League.

One confident United fan said: ‘ Manchester United Vs Liverpool. Looks like we are going to have to ruin their trophy hopes in 2 competitions.’

A Liverpool fans was more fearful of the contest, tweeting: ‘I don’t think I’m in the best mental state to watch Liverpool play United twice in the next two weeks’

Manchester United and Liverpool fans reacted with excitement and fear to the cup contest

Manchester United and Liverpool fans reacted with excitement and fear to the cup contest

The Red Devils could move top of the table with victory over Burnley on Tuesday night and could extend their lead over the Reds with victory at Anfield.  

Liverpool have won two out of their last three FA Cup meetings with United, with current Red Devils boss Solskjaer scoring a famous late winner between the sides in 1999.

The Norwegian scored shortly after Dwight Yorke levelled in the 2-1 fourth round victory at Old Trafford that year, with United going on to win the treble that season. 

Ironically, Crouch was the hero when he scored the winning goal in fifth-round meeting at Anfield in 2006, the year when Liverpool last won the competition thanks to Steven Gerrard’s heroics against West Ham in Cardiff.

Dirk Kuyt scored a late winner in their last meeting in 2012, which came a year after Ryan Giggs settled a third-round meeting in Kenny Dalglish’s first game back in charge of Liverpool. 

Dirk Kuyt scored a dramatic winner in the last FA Cup meeting between the two sides in 2012

Dirk Kuyt scored a dramatic winner in the last FA Cup meeting between the two sides in 2012

Crouch himself is mobbed by team-mates and a fan after netting in a 2006 win for Liverpool

Crouch himself is mobbed by team-mates and a fan after netting in a 2006 win for Liverpool

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored a famous winner when United beat Liverpool in 1999

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored a famous winner when United beat Liverpool in 1999

Liverpool’s last FA Cup win at Old Trafford came in 1921 with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Bill Lacey and Harry Chambers. 

The draw also sees Liverpool face another Premier League side in the FA Cup under Klopp. The Reds have been picked to play a top-flight side in 17 out of their 26 games under the German manager. 

Klopp has also never won at Old Trafford during his Liverpool career 

Liverpool have not won the oldest competition in English football in 15 years, when they beat West Ham in the 2006 final on penalties in Cardiff.  

Solskjaer (right) is now United boss, while Jurgen Klopp has never won at Old Trafford before

Solskjaer (right) is now United boss, while Jurgen Klopp has never won at Old Trafford before

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