Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Manchester United, Brighton and Southampton reach last eight of the FA Cup

Manchester United, Brighton and Southampton reach last eight of the FA Cup

Brighton went on to lose the quarter-final clash 2-0 to the Saints.

Premier League leaders Manchester City, who face Wigan on Monday, have been drawn to play Southampton, while Spurs will travel to the victor of Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City if they beat Rochdale.

League One high flyers Wigan, who stunned Manchester City 1-0 in the fifth round, host Southampton in the last eight.

The FA Cup quarter-final draw, which was announced on Sunday, saw Manchester United lined up to play against Brighton & Hove Albion while Chelsea will take on fellow English Premier League (EPL) club Leicester City.

City gained a measure of revenge on Wigan with a thumping 5-0 win in the League Cup the following September (2013) under the tutelage of new manager Manuel Pellegrini but the most recent encounter between the sides also left City with egg on their faces and matched the Wembley final result for its surprise value.

He may have cost United a then world record £89 million ($125 million) in 2016 but Paul Pogba has recently been the fall guy as Mourinho struggles to piece together a side that gets the best out of the Frenchman and January recruit Alexis Sanchez.

The 2015-16 Premier League champions have rested key men and three times seen off lower league opposition to reach the last eight.

Asked if he had a squad capable of lifting the cup this season, Hughton replied: "I have no idea".

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal takes centre stage on Saturday when his side goes up against his former employers Sheffield Wednesday. Of course, if we're to win the cup we'll need to beat these teams eventually, and with the Manchester teams and Tottenham all very fortuitously avoiding each other, we may need to a lot of them eventually, so we'll start with Chelsea.

Chelsea hosts Hull City on Friday, in a match that is going to be favourable for the Blues.

Manchester City are being hailed as one of the greatest Premier League sides of all-time even before Pep Guardiola has landed his first title in England.

As they chase the top four, and with the UEFA Champions League in full swing, the last thing the Lilywhites need is additional fixtures in the cup.

Mauricio Pochettino is not known for fielding a weak team, particularly when this is one tournament he can easily win.

Centre-back Connor Goldson headed home Markus Suttner's corner to put the Premier League outfit into a 2-0 lead at the break before Leonardo Ulloa scored his first goal for Brighton since rejoining the club on loan from Leicester with a powerful header in the 61st minute to move 3-0 up.

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