Fergie: Pompey cup tie was fate

First published in Sport

Sir Alex Ferguson was resigned to his fate after Manchester United were once again paired with a Premier League side in the FA Cup.

United will face Portsmouth at home in the quarter-finals while Bristol Rovers will play West Brom, Chelsea will take on Barnsley and Sheffield United or Middlesbrough will host Cardiff.

Ferguson's side have had to overcome Aston Villa, Tottenham and Arsenal to reach the last eight of the competition.

"It's a home draw, but it's typical that we have another Premier League team," said Ferguson.

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