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Man United's Record In Drawing Shite Teams In Cup Competitions Is Incredible

Man United's Record In Drawing Shite Teams In Cup Competitions Is Incredible

Manchester United have yet to win a Premier League title since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013/14, . Since then however United have claimed the FA Cup (2015-16), the League Cup (2016-17) and the Europa League (2016-17), becoming somewhat of a cup specialist side.

Last night live on BBC, the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup took place before Brighton & Hove Albion defeated Crystal Palace 2-1. Liverpool, and potentially Chelsea, face the toughest tests against West Brom and Newcastle respectively.

However United's opponents caught the eye. They have to travel to west country to play Yeovil Town, languishing near the foot of League Two, at Huish Park.

Opposition supporters complain, even if they are slightly humorous, that United always get the luck of the draw. So we decided to take a look at the teams the Red Devils have drawn in cup competitions for the past 12 months, and the results were quite something:

FA Cup

2016/17 - Reading, Wigan Athletic, Blackburn, and Chelsea, who dumped them out in round six.

2017/18 - Derby County and Yeovil.

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League Cup

2016/17 - Northampton Town, Manchester City, West Ham, Hull City, and Southampton, who they defeated in the final.

2017/18 - Burton Albion, Swansea City, and Bristol City, who defeated Mourinho's side in the quarter-finals.

Europa League

2016/17 - St. Etienne, FC Rostov, Anderlecht, Celta Vigo, and Ajax, the side they beat in the final.

Champions League

When former manager Louis Van Gaal guided his United side back into the Champions League, they drew CSKA Moscow, PSV, and Wolfsburg, yet somehow they failed to progress from the group.

This season their group featured Basel, CSKA and Benfica. Benfica had such a miserable campaign they didn't manage to muster up a single point in the group. United finished top of their group and in the last 16 have managed to avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Real Madrid; instead drawing Sevilla.

If they keep going at this rate they'll likely draw Dagenham and Redbridge's U13s in the Champions League quater-final and probably the Craggy Island over 75s in the FA Cup.

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James Carroll