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FA Cup fifth round draw: Rooney may face United as Arsenal draw Portsmouth

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FA Cup fifth round draw: Rooney may face United as Arsenal draw Portsmouth

Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been handed the chance of facing the Red Devils – if his present club Derby County can overcome Northampton in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Manchester United were paired with a trip to either Rooney’s current Championship side or League Two Northampton in the fifth round draw.

Rooney – after signing for Derby in the January window – has already had a hand in disposing of a Premier League side, playing a key role in the 1-0 third-round victory over Crystal Palace earlier this month.

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United’s all-time top scorer enjoyed a glittering 13-year career at Old Trafford before returning to Everton in 2017.

Arsenal will face League One side Portsmouth after Mikel Arteta’s side defeated Bournemouth 2-1 on Monday evening.

The FA Cup holders Manchester City will travel to Sheffield Wednesday while the runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool could face a trip to Stamford Bridge, if their second-string side can see off League One Shrewsbury at Anfield.

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Jürgen Klopp confirmed on Sunday that he will play a young side in the February replay as the first team will be enjoying their winter break. Championship leaders West Brom’s reward for beating West Ham is a home tie against Newcastle or Oxford. Mark Dobson

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FA Cup fifth-round draw

Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City

Reading/Cardiff v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Shrewsbury/Liverpool

West Brom v Newcastle/Oxford

Leicester v Coventry/Birmingham

Northampton/Derby v Man Utd

Southampton/Tottenham v Norwich

Portsmouth v Arsenal

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