United-Chelsea final still on

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Favourites Manchester United and Chelsea have been kept apart in the draw for the FA Cup semi-finals.

Chelsea will face either Arsenal or Hull, who have yet to meet, while United will take on Everton who defeated Middlesbrough 2-1 on Sunday.

Arsenal won their delayed fifth-round tie on Sunday afternoon, beating Burnley 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The matches will be played at Wembley Stadium on April 18 and 19.

United and Chelsea met each other in the FA Cup final two years ago with Chelsea winning 1-0 in extra-time through Didier Drogba.

But Sir Alex Ferguson's side got the better of the Blues on penalties in the Champions League final last May and their latest Premier League meeting resulted in a 3-0 victory for United.

Neither side will take a final appearance for granted, though, with Ferguson well aware of Everton's capabilities in the cup.

The Toffees' last major trophy was their FA Cup victory in 1995, when they upset United 1-0 in the final. The pair have met 10 times in the competition and are tied at 5-5.

Arsenal will be firm favourites to beat Hull when they meet in their quarter-final at the Emirates, despite the Tigers' shock victory there in the league this season.

The Gunners and Chelsea last faced each other in the FA Cup in the fifth round in 2004, when Arsenal triumphed 2-1. Indeed, Guus Hiddink's side may have to overcome more than 60 years of history if they are to reach the final again - they have not beaten Arsenal in the FA Cup since 1947.

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