Neil Warnock's Capital One Cup reaction...
United manager Neil Warnock is hoping for a "fantastic evening" when Chelsea provide the opposition for our Capital One Cup quarter-final tie on Wednesday December 19 (7.45pm).
The Londoners beat Manchester United 5-4 to secure their place in the last eight, and we were the first teams to be paired in the quarter-final draw.
Having played against Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Everton in cup competitions over the past three years, Chelsea remained one of the Premier League's bigger clubs to prove elusive.
"I don't think we could have got a get a better draw," said the United boss.
"It'll be a fantastic evening for everyone. When you look at the teams that were left, with one or two getting knocked out like Liverpool, there wasn't really anything else that whets your appetite.
"Leeds have had Arsenal a few times over the last few years so this is the one. If I'm being honest, I would have liked an easier one for a chance of getting through, but you can't help but look forward to it. It'll be difficult, but it'll be a great night."
Not for the first time in recent years, and not for the first time this season, United will start as underdogs against top-flight opposition. Back in 2010, we beat then league leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford, and our manager has previous for accounting for a Chelsea side, who are currently second in the table.
"We managed to beat them at QPR last season," said the boss.
"It's always good to play against teams like this and see how you do, and we have a bunch of genuine lads as well. On the day if they play really well and they do there's only one winner, but a cup is a cup.
"They have so much quality in reserve they can play three teams. Teams like Southampton don't have enough to do that. Chelsea brought on Victor Moses and Sturridge in their game against Man U on Wednesday night - they're two not bad lads to bring out of your reserves!"
The tie will evoke memories of a long-standing rivalry between the two clubs.
The boss added: "I don't know a lot about the history because I'm from a different part of Yorkshire, but I've heard a few people talk about the rivalry that the clubs have had and hopefully i'll get to know more about as the game gets near."