Big teams kept apart in FA Cup 4th-round draw; Man United, Arsenal face 2nd-tier opposition

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, foreground, celebrates after scoring during the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Manchester United and Sheffield United at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LONDON — English football's top sides were kept apart in the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup on Monday, with Manchester United and defending champion Arsenal paired with second-tier opponents.

Arsenal — seeking a third straight FA Cup title — will play at home to Burnley and United was pitted away to Derby County, which is second in the League Championship.

Manchester City will be away at either fourth-tier Wycombe Wanderers or relegation-threatened Premier League side Aston Villa. Liverpool will host West Ham if it gets past Exeter in a replay and Chelsea was given an away match at either Northampton or MK Dons, both lower-league teams.

Non-league Eastleigh, the lowest-ranked team left in the draw, will be rewarded with a home match against Leeds if it beats Bolton in a replay next week.

There is only one guaranteed all-Premier League match-up: Crystal Palace vs. Stoke.

The fourth round takes place from Jan. 29-Feb 1.

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