London - Jose
Mourinho will have to get past former club Chelsea if FA Cup holders
Manchester United are to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive
following the quarter-final draw on Sunday.
Giant-killers Lincoln - the first non-league side into the
last-eight in over a century after beating Premier League Burnley on
Saturday - could have a lucrative trip to Arsenal should the Gunners
beat another non-league side Sutton on Monday.
Mourinho, whose side had to come from behind to beat Championship
strugglers Blackburn Rovers 2-1, side-stepped the subject of his
returning to Stamford Bridge where earlier this season he suffered a 4-0
defeat - the heaviest of his Premier League career.
The 54-year-old Portuguese, who won the FA Cup once in two spells
with Chelsea in 2007, opted not to comment on the quarter-final draw.
"I have no reaction," said Mourinho.
"I have to play Saint-Etienne
(in the Europa League last 32 second leg on Wednesday), I have to play
the final (League Cup next Sunday against Southampton), I have to play,
hopefully, another game in the Europa League, I have to fight for a top
four position in the Premier League.
"So I have so many things to think about.
"Probably Chelsea can only think about that because they are
champions. They have nothing else to play for. The FA Cup is something I
believe is important for them."
For Lincoln manager Danny Cowley, the draw was a good one whatever the outcome of the Sutton v Arsenal match.
"It's a win-win," he told BT Sport. "We wish Sutton all the best tomorrow, I genuinely hope they can do it."
Arsenal's fellow north London side Tottenham will host another
giantkiller in Millwall, who ousted ailing Premier League champions
Leicester on Saturday despite being down to 10 men.
"It's a cracking draw for everyone associated with this football club," the Lions manager Neil Harris told millwallfc.co.uk.
"The players have had the opportunity to test themselves against some
of the best Premier League teams in the previous three rounds but in
many ways this is another level altogether.
"Spurs are a fantastic side and this gives my players a chance to see
how they can compete with some truly outstanding footballers.
"White Hart Lane is a fantastic stadium, a great place to play
football, and it's a tie we're very much looking forward to," added the
The other quarter-final pitches struggling Premier League outfit
Middlesbrough at home to the winner of the replay between Championship
high-fliers Huddersfield and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.
'Boro manager Aitor Karanka crossed swords with Guardiola when the
former was Real Madrid assistant manager and the latter in charge of
Draw for FA Cup quarter-finals made on Sunday:
Chelsea v Manchester United
Middlesbrough v Huddersfield/Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall
Sutton United/Arsenal v Lincoln
Ties to be played March 10-13