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31/01/2011 08:36

Papers: Minnows eye upset

Cheeky Crawley threaten United
Crawley Town were on cloud nine last night after they drew Manchester United at Old Trafford in the fifth round of the FA Cup. And Crawley boss Steve Evans is already targeting a place in the last eight. He said: “Hopefully we can beat United and then draw Chelsea in the quarter-finals. We will need to go to Old Trafford and treat it just like another game. We play three up front and we will do the same there.” Crawley are now the first team from outside the Football League to reach the last 16 since Kidderminster in 1994, after dumping out Derby, Swindon and lastly Torquay on Saturday. United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted: “Crawley Town? I’ve got to say that this is why the buzz of the FA Cup cannot be matched anywhere in the world. Great for the fans and all concerned.” The tie does represent a potentially dangerous distraction to United, falling as it does between the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on February 12 and a Champions League last-16 first leg in France against Marseille on February 23.
Staff reporter, Daily Express

The Sun puts a cheeky spin on the David v Goliath draw; exclaiming 'Torres set for Man United'. That's Crawley Town's Sergio Torres, rather than potentially Chelsea-bound Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. The only other transfer deadline day news involving United is the Daily Mirror's revelation that Liverpool target Charlie Adam is a matchgoing United fan, and a further suggestion that Arsenal will look to quickly tie up a deal for Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to ward off interest from Old Trafford.

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