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FA Cup fixture details confirmed

Thursday 13 January 2022 14:00

Manchester United's Emirates FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough will take place on Friday 4 February.

The Reds' reward for seeing off Aston Villa is a fourth-round clash with the Championship side, who have been rejuvenated since the arrival of Chris Wilder as manager.

The decision to show the game in the Friday night slot, with a 20:00 GMT kick-off, means the victors on the evening will be the first to take up a place in the draw for round five, with extra-time and penalties determining the result if the match is tied after 90 minutes, rather than a replay.

The Old Trafford encounter will be screened live on ITV in England, with the broadcaster also covering Tottenham versus Brighton (Saturday 20:00 GMT), Liverpool's home game with Cardiff City (Sunday, 12:00 GMT) and Boreham Wood's trip to Bournemouth (Monday, 18:30 GMT).

BBC One's two picks are Kidderminster Harriers versus West Ham United (Saturday, 12:30 GMT) and the local derby between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City on Sunday at 16:00 GMT.

These fixtures are taking place around the first weekend of next month.

United and Middlesbrough have met on 14 previous occasions in the world's oldest cup competition, with the Reds coming out on top seven times (four draws, three defeats).

The last time we came out of the hat together, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal in a replay, with a penalty, after a 2-2 draw at the Riverside Stadium in March, 2007. Ronaldo levelled in the first game, again from the spot, after Wayne Rooney's opener had been overturned by strikes from Lee Cattermole and George Boateng. 

United won 3-0 against Boro at Old Trafford in 2005, with Rooney scoring a couple of crackers, to avenge the exit via a 2-0 loss on Teesside three seasons earlier.

United's hard-fought victory over Villa was a 10th successive triumph in the competition at Old Trafford, extending a club record.

Middlesbrough have moved up to seventh in the Championship table, with four wins from their last five matches, and are only one place below a play-off spot.

Wilder's men squeezed past Mansfield Town in the third round 3-2, courtesy of an own-goal by Elliott Hewitt deep into stoppage time at Field Mill.

Tickets for the game on Friday 4 February can be applied for now.

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