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United gets revenge tie with Everton

MANCHESTER United will meet Everton while Arsenal or Hull City will face Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals following the draw on Sunday.

Manchester United, still in the hunt for five trophies this season, will seek to avenge its 1995 FA Cup final defeat by Everton.

The champion has only lost once to the Merseyside club in 29 matches since, however, beating it 1-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League this season and drawing 1-1 at Goodison Park.

United reached the last four with a 4-0 demolition of Fulham on Saturday and Everton overturned Middlesbrough's halftime lead to win 2-1 on Sunday.

The games will take place at Wembley Stadium on April 18 and 19 with the final also at the Wembley on May 30, the latest date for the final in 137 years of the competition.

Arsenal knocked Burnley out in its delayed fifth-round tie with an easy 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and will face Hull in the quarterfinals on March 17 or 18.

Hull, which surprisingly beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates in September, last reached the FA Cup semifinals in 1930. The winners will face Chelsea, which cruised into its third semifinal in four years with a 2-0 win at Coventry City of the Championship on Saturday.

Chelsea has reached the last four without meeting another Premier League side.

Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha scored within seven minutes in Everton's win. David Wheater's 44th-minute header for Premier League struggler Middlesbrough threatened an upset at Goodison Park. But Fellaini headed an equalizer in the 50th minute and Saha scored the winner in the 56th.

"It's great, we're all happy. The first half was one of the poorest performances of our season," said Everton captain Phil Neville. "In the second half we showed the real Everton and we're not just going to the semifinal now, we want to actually win the trophy and that's been our aim right from the word go. We want to go all the way," he said.

Wheater headed home a cross by Matthew Bates just before halftime to give Boro, which is next to last in the Premier League and in danger of relegation, hope of glory. The header beat Everton's American goalkeeper, Tim Howard, who tried to scramble the ball away with his left hand although it had already crossed the line.

Fellaini headed in a right-wing cross after goalkeeper Brad Jones blundered by leaving his line and getting nowhere near the ball.

Six minutes later, Saha headed in a left-wing cross by Steven Pienaar.


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