The Reds have been paired with Wigan Athletic in the first away draw since Erik ten Hag took charge of the team.
A local game, with hopefully a sizeable away allocation, adds a bit of sparkle to these occasions and, although we played at Nottingham Forest in the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final last term, and at Wembley, of course, this is a long-awaited chance for travelling fans to relish the special cup atmosphere on the road.
Our 193rd away game in the famous competition is our first since losing 3-1 to eventual winners Leicester City in March, 2021. There were no spectators present due to the Covid restrictions, as was the case when beating Norwich City, so the last time the Red Army cheered us on in an away FA Cup tie was back in March 2020.
Luke Shaw opened the scoring before Odion Ighalo netted twice in a 3-0 victory against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in the fifth round.