Crawley Town get dream FA Cup draw against Manchester United

Crawley Town

Crawley Town

The FA Cup was up to her old tricks last night as she gave non-league Crawley Town, the first non-league club since Kidderminster Harriers in 17 years to reach the fifth round, the prefect draw.

The non-league team, who are heavily funded now having been on the brink of liquidation just five years ago, will relish the opportunity to play at Old Trafford against the only unbeaten league team in English football.

Crawley, who beat League Two Torquay, despite missing two penalties and having a man sent off, will travel to Manchester for the game of their lives.

Crawley Towns manager, Steve Evans, is looking forward to the game against the record 11 time FA cup winners. He said after the draw, “It was just a surreal moment,” said Evans, whose side followed victory over Derby with a 1-0 triumph over Torquay.

“I suppose if you are Arsene Wenger or Alec McLeish you don’t want that draw – but we did.

“We will approach the tie in a really positive nature.

“The only non-league club capable of beating Manchester United is Crawley Town as we stand today. Miracles do happen.”

In the rest of the draw Leyton Orient will host Arsenal, Sheffield Wednesday face a tough away day at Birmingham City and Brighton will host Stoke.

Fulham will play host to the winners of the Wigan Bolton replay in the only all premier league match up.

Can Crawley defy all the odds and beat United, or will United keep up this phenomenal run and keep winning on all fronts?

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