Red Devils out to avoid Hornets' sting

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2020-21 FA Cup

Third Round Proper (Last 64)

8-11 January 2021

Manchester United and Watford will renew hostilities when they meet in a third round 2020-21 FA Cup tie at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Kick-off is at 23:00. 
This will be the first meeting between the two clubs across all competitions since a league match in February last year. The Red Devils ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in Manchester on the day with goals from Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. 

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United are 12-time champions of England's most prestigious cup competition, only second behind Arsenal and have lost in the most finals -- tied eight with Everton. The Red Devils' most recent success in this tournament came in 2016 when goals from Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard steered the club to a 2-1 comeback win over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium. They lost the 2018 final 1-0 to Chelsea. 
Watford have only ever reached two FA Cup finals, losing on both occasions to Everton in 1984 and Manchester City in 2019 respectively. The Hornets suffered a 6-0 loss to City in the 2019 showpiece, the joint worst final defeat in the tournament's long history.  

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes
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United reached the semi-final stage last season before losing 3-1 to Chelsea. Watford were dumped out of the tournament in the third round, suffering a surprise loss to Tranmere Rovers in a season which also ended with Premier League relegation. 
This will be the first FA Cup meeting between United and Watford since 2007 when a brace from Wayne Rooney inspired United to a 4-1 semi-final win at Villa Park. 

Manchester United vs Watford head-to-head statistics: 

Matches played: 27
Manchester United wins: 19
Watford wins: 4
Draws: 4

FA Cup Third Round Proper fixtures: Time in CAT

Friday, 08 January
21:45 - Aston Villa vs Liverpool 
21:45 - Wolves vs Crystal Palace 
Saturday, 09 January 
14:00 - Everton vs Rotherham 
14:00 - Boreham Wood vs Millwall 
14:00 - Luton Town vs Reading 
14:00 - Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City 
14:00 - Norwich City vs Coventry 
14:15 - Chorley vs Derby County 
17:00 - Blackburn Rovers vs Doncaster 
17:00 - Blackpool vs West Brom
17:00 - Wycombe vs Preston North End 
17:00 - QPR vs Fulham 
17:00 - Stevenage vs Swansea City 
17:00 - Burnley vs MK Dons 
17:00 - Bristol Rovers vs Sheffield United 
17:00 - Oldham Athletic vs Bournemouth 
17:00 - Stoke City vs Leicester City 
17:00 - Exeter City vs Sheffield Wednesday 
19:30 - Arsenal vs Newcastle United 
20:00 - Brentford vs Middlesbrough 
20:00 - Huddersfield vs Plymouth Argyle 
22:00 - Manchester United vs Watford 
22:00 - Southampton vs Shrewsbury 
Sunday, 10 January 
15:30 - Crawley Town vs Leeds United 
15:30 - Bristol City vs Portsmouth 
15:30 - Cheltenham vs Mansfield Town 
15:30 - Chelsea vs Morecambe 
15:30 - Manchester City vs Birmingham City 
15:30 - Barnsley vs Tranmere
19:00 - Marine vs Tottenham Hotspur 
21:45 - Newport County vs Brighton & Hove Albion 
Monday, 11 January 
22:00 - Stockport County vs West Ham United 

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Published: 01/06/2021