FA Cup draw: Chelsea, Spurs and Man United handed favourable fourth-round ties

The big guns have been kept apart.

MANCHESTER UNITED, CHELSEA AND Tottenham Hotspur have avoided Premier League opposition in the FA Cup fourth-round draw.

Defending champions United thumped Reading 4-0 to earn a place in the hat and they will entertain Championship side and 2012-13 winners Wigan Athletic.

It is a tie that gives former United reserves manager Warren Joyce a return to Old Trafford.

Chelsea will play host in a local derby against Brentford, while Liverpool will face Wolves at Anfield if they overcome Plymouth Argyle in a third-round replay at Home Park on January 18.

Tottenham will entertain League Two side Wycombe Wanderers, and Premier League champions Leicester City travel to Derby County.

Arsenal could also avoid top-flight opposition as they take on the winner of Southampton’s match against Norwich City, while Manchester City have been drawn an away trip to either Bolton Wanderers or Crystal Palace.

The fixtures will all take place between 27-30 January.

Fourth-round draw

Tottenham v Wycombe

Derby v Leicester

Oxford v Birmingham/Newcastle

Sutton/AFC Wimbledon v Cambridge or Leeds

Liverpool/Plymouth v Wolves

Southampton/Norwich v Arsenal

Ipswich/Lincoln v Brighton

Chelsea v Brentford

Manchester United v Wigan

Millwall v Watford

Rochdale v Huddersfield

Sunderland/Burnley v Bristol City/Fleetwood

Blackburn v Barnsley/Blackpool

Fulham v Hull

Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley

Bolton/Crystal Palace v Manchester City

– © AFP 2017

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