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FA Cup: Man United Squeeze Past Preston, Set Up Arsenal Q’final Clash

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Manchester United survived a scare at League One Preston to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.

After a goalless first-half Preston stunned their Premier League opponents through Scott Laird’s deflected strike.

United responded when Ander Herrera managed to squeeze a shot home in a crowded area.

Marouane Fellaini then poked in after his initial header had been saved before Wayne Rooney’s penalty ensured United’s place in the last eight, reports the BBC.

Meanwhile, FA Cup holders Arsenal will travel to Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the competition over weekend of March 7-8.

The Gunners, who beat Hull City in last year’s final, defeated Championship side Middlesbrough in the fifth round.

Liverpool have a home tie against Blackburn, Bradford host Reading and there is a West Midlands derby between Aston Villa and West Brom.

Preston host United, who last won the FA Cup in 2004, on Monday night.

Liverpool’s last-eight draw will give Steven Gerrard hope of reaching Wembley in his final season at the Reds, although they will have to overcome a Blackburn side who have knocked out Premier League opposition in Swansea and Stoke already this season.

League One side Bradford are into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1976, and will be confident of progressing further after beating Premier League sides Chelsea and Sunderland in the previous rounds, reports the BBC.

The quarter-final draw was made by England boss Roy Hodgson and Brian Finney, son of Preston legend Tom Finney, at Deepdale on Monday before the Preston-Manchester United game.

The draw in full:

Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers

Bradford City v Reading

Manchester United v Arsenal

Aston Villa v West Brom

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