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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec 3, 2007

O'Neill relishing Man United FA Cup test

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted he had a 'wee inkling' that his side would once again be drawn against Manchester United in on Sunday's FA Cup third round draw.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side will travel to Villa for their fourth meeting in the past seven seasons at that stage of the prestigious competition.

United, beaten finalists last season, have won each of the three previous meetings in 2002, 2004 and 2007.

O'Neill was not surprised that the two teams were pitted against each other again and believes the tie has all the makings of a classic.

'It's incredible that we should get Manchester United again,' he said.

'Getting a home draw is great but I just had this wee inkling that it was going to be United once more. Don't ask me why.

'It's unbelievable - and a great test for us. They obviously beat us 4-1 at Villa Park in the league less than a couple of months ago. They showed us what a fine side they are.

'This cup tie will be another epic with a full house. I will say this, though, we are better equipped now to take on Manchester United than we were in the third round last season.'

Holders Chelsea were handed a home tie against QPR while 2006 winners Liverpool will travel to Luton or Nottingham Forest.

There are three other all-Barclays Premier League meetings with Tottenham hosting Reading, Wigan travelling to fellow strugglers Sunderland and Manchester City facing West Ham.

City boss Sven Goran-Eriksson admits his side will face a stern test when they travel to Upton Park on the weekend of January 5 and 6.

He said: 'It could have been easier. It is a difficult tie as they are a good team.

'In this case you are selfish. You are looking for an easy draw.

'We have beaten them once this season (2-0 on the opening day of the season) so we will try to do so again as we want to progress in the FA Cup.'

Burnley were handed a home tie against Premier League leaders Arsenal and Clarets boss Owen Coyle immediately described it as a 'glamour tie'.

Coyle has overseen a dramatic upturn in the club's fortunes following his arrival from St Johnstone a fortnight ago, guiding them to a seven-point haul from his three games in charge and moving them up to ninth in the table.

However, Arsene Wenger's side, who opened up a five-point lead at the summit of the Premier League at the weekend, have been in imperious form of late and will be form favourites when they travel to Turf Moor.

Coyle is well aware of the threat Arsenal's multi-million pound squad will pose, but he is adamant they will give it their all as they look to pull off a major upset.

'We want to play against the best and it's a glamour tie for our club, we're delighted to host Arsenal,' Coyle told Sky Sports News.

'They looked very fluent (in Saturday's 2-1 win at Aston Villa), they are a top Champions League side and we know what we've let ourselves in for. We'll give everything we can to show our best and take the game to them.

'It's a cup tie and it's a one off so it's a great opportunity to create a shock.'

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