Youth Cup draw made

West Ham United have been paired with either Manchester United or Portsmouth in the FA Youth Cup fourth round.

The Hammers won through to the last 32 with a comprehensive 5-0 third-round win over Aldershot Town at the Boleyn Ground last Tuesday. However, they will not learn the identity of their fourth-round opponents until United and Portsmouth meet on Monday 11 January 2011.

Academy Director Tony Carr was happy to secure a home draw, despite the potential quality of the opposition.

"It's an exciting prospect of everyone. Obviously, if we play Manchester United, the tie will have a certain ring to it but they have got to get past Portsmouth first.

"Whoever we play, we are looking forward to the tie and are obviously pleased that we will be at home.

"We shall have the United v Portsmouth tie watched and I shall watch the game myself so we will be fully prepared, whoever we play in the next round."

West Ham have already beaten Portsmouth 2-0 in the FA Premier Academy League this season and host Pompey at Little Heath in the reverse fixture on 22 January.

The Hammers have not faced Manchester United at youth level since August 2008, when the pair shared an FA Premier Academy League goalless draw at Little Heath.

West Ham have won the FA Youth Cup on three previous occasions, lifting the trophy in 1963, 1981 and 1999.

The Hammers, who were the first club drawn out of the hat, reached the fifth round last season, defeating Plymouth Argyle and Queens Park Rangers before being defeated by Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground.