Chris Holt's FA Cup predictions: Sheffield United earn a replay at Old Trafford and a breeze for Wednesday

FA Cup third round predictions

FA Cup third round predictions

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It's the third round of the FA Cup, which matters a great deal, depending on how old you are.

It will certainly matter to Sheffield United fans as nearly 9,000 of them make the journey to Old Trafford to take on the 'might' of Manchester United.

Here's how I think the day could pan out...

Manchester United v Sheffield United

Prepare for unerring belief and a prediction based on nothing more than romance. Manchester United are far from the force they used to be and are struggling for goals and while the Blades are hardly ripping up League One, they have shown at times this season that they are prepared for a fight. They'll need that kind of resolve at Old Trafford. Less of the open play that saw them lose to Peterborough and more of the shutting-up-shop grit and determination that ground out a win against Coventry. Can they do it? Why not. Bring them to the Lane. Prediction: Manchester United 0 Sheffield United 0 - Match Previews

Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham

This is a good draw for the Owls. No potential banana skin and a huge chance of making it to round four. They already saw Fulham off at Craven Cottage last week and with the west Londoners not having a squad of Wednesday's size and still perilously close to the relegation zone, this won't be atop of their list of priorities. Carlos Carvalhal said there will be changes to the team. It won't change the outcome. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Fulham 0 - Match Previews

Leeds United v Rotherham United

Steve Evans offers the sideshow again to a game that gives the Millers a break from their relegation fight. But I'm expecting a performance from Rotherham more akin to that which beat Hull and hammered Bolton than the last two against Fulham and Preston. Prediction: Leeds United 1 Rotrherham United 2 - Match Previews

Doncaster Rovers v Stoke City

Tough draw on Rovers this one. A Premier League team but, with all due respect, not exactly one of the more glamorous. They are a very good outfit though and as they showed against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup, even with a weakened side, Mark Hughes' team are jam-packed with quality. Rovers have very obviously improved under Darren Ferguson but they should be no match for Stoke. Prediction: Doncaster Rovers 1 Stoke City 3 - Match Previews

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