Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has welcomed their FA Cup draw with Manchester City. United and noisy neighbours City were drawn together yesterday in the FA Cup third round - a repeat of last year's semi-final.

City won last April and then smashed Alex Ferguson's men 6-1 at Old Trafford in the league two months ago.

United's Ferdinand said: "Third round of the Cup vs City.

"A great game to kick off this year's FA Cup. I can't wait."