Cup clash offers United another chance to strike blow at Liverpool

Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates.
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London - Manchester United and Liverpool lock horns for the second Sunday in a row this weekend and the hope is that their FA Cup fourth round clash will offer more entertainment than the Premier League stalemate did at Anfield.

United, on a high after returning to the top of the Premier League on Wednesday, will have home advantage this time in what is the standout tie of the round.

Cup action gets under way on Friday when out-of-form Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to Chorley, the only minor league side left in the draw, hoping to avoid a repeat of the 3-0 defeat they suffered against the same opponents in 1986.

Holders Arsenal will look to continue their recent resurgence with a testing trip to Southampton on Saturday, when Pep Guardiola's Manchester City go to fourth-tier Cheltenham.

Frank Lampard's faltering Chelsea side host Championship side Luton Town on Sunday while high-flying Leicester City travel to Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford.

United's 0-0 draw at Anfield last weekend will not live long in the memory of clashes between the two rivals.

But it was a psychological victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side who are most definitely on the up. They beat Fulham 2-1 on Wednesday. United went behind early to Ademola Lookman's clinical finish but responded through Edinson Cavani's fourth away goal of the league campaign. Paul Pogba then sealed all three points with a stunning strike.

It will be the first time the clubs have met in the FA Cup for nine years, when Liverpool won 2-1, while the season before that United edged a 1-0 win.

Chelsea's midweek defeat at Leicester turned the heat up on Lampard and any slip-up at home to Luton would inevitably lead to more debate about his job security at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard was critical of his players at Leicester and will expect a response on Sunday.

"The lucky thing for me is that I'm good at handling the pressure," Lampard said after the Leicester defeat left his side in eighth spot in the table.

The fourth round concludes on Monday when Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur, already in the League Cup final against Manchester City, visit the Championship's bottom club Wycombe Wanderers. 

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