United, who are looking into the prospect of signing Burnley striker Wout Weghorst on loan for the remainder of the season, sealed their passage to the next round thanks to goals from Antony, Conor Coady (own goal) and Marcus Rashford. It marked a seventh win on the bounce for Erik ten Hag&aposs side, meaning they will head into Tuesday night&aposs Carabao Cup quarter-final against Charlton Athletic with confidence flowing through their veins.
After Coady had cancelled out Antony&aposs opener to ensure the scores were level at the half-time interval, United turned the screw after the break, inspired by the in-form Rashford. First, he saw a low cross into the box turned into the net by Coady before converting a late penalty to score his 13th goal of the season.
United have already been joined in the next round by fellow Premier League heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur, who recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over League One side Portsmouth. However, Newcastle United, currently level on points with the Reds in the Premier League table, suffered a shock exit, losing 2-1 to League One outfit Sheffield Wednesday.
Liverpool, however, will feature in this afternoon&aposs draw, but must attempt to get past Wolves for a second time in a replay after playing out a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Saturday evening. Manchester City and Chelsea will also be in the hat, ahead of facing each other on Sunday afternoon.
It means that United could be one of just a handful of the Premier League&aposs heavyweights still in the competition come fourth-round weekend later this month. Arsenal play Oxford United in the final round of the weekend on Monday evening.
Ahead of the real draw taking place just after 4pm on Sunday, MEN Sport ran a quick simulator of the draw and here are the results:
Simulated FA Cup fourth-round draw:
West Ham vs Bristol City/Swansea City
Preston North End vs Sheffield Wednesday
Tottenham Hotspur vs Oxford/Arsenal
Leicester City vs Fleetwood Town
Boreham Wood/Accrington Stanley vs Liverpool/Wolves
Norwich City/Blackburn Rovers vs Forest Green Rovers/Birmingham City
Southampton vs Fulham
Cardiff City/Leeds United vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Manchester City/Chelsea vs Sunderland
Aston Villa/Stevenage vs Ipswich Town
Chesterfield/West Bromwich Albion vs Wrexham
Sheffield United vs Grimsby Town
Stockport County/Walsall vs Derby County/Barnsley
Hartlepool United/Stoke City vs Burnley
Luton Town/Wigan Athletic vs Blackpool
Reading vs Manchester United
As you can see from the simulated draw above, both United and City, should the latter get through, will face Championship opposition in the next round. Reading defeated Watford 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium while Sunderland produced a heroic comeback to beat Shrewsbury Town.
The Black Cats were 1-0 down as the contest entered second-half injury time but scored twice in the space of two minutes to turn the game on its head and win 2-1.