MANCHESTER UNITED are set to be shown live in FA Cup action for a 59th successive game.
Jose Mourinho’s side have been handed a home draw in the third round against Championship promotion hopefuls Derby.
And television bosses are expected to decide the game at Old Trafford is one they will broadcast live – extended an incredible run dating back almost 13 years.
Broadcasters BT Sport and the BBC are currently discussing which of the matches in third round they want to screen.
And though there were plenty of other exciting fixtures drawn by Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas on Monday night, United are again on the list of the games chosen.
The last time the club were involved in an FA Cup tie that was not broadcast live was in January 2005 when they were involved in a 0-0 draw with Exeter.
The replay to that tie was then played in from of the cameras – the first in an extraordinary run which currently stands at 58 successive games.
That is one of three derby matches pulled out of the hat, with Brighton entertaining fierce rivals Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough playing Sunderland.
Holders Arsenal face a tricky away match at Nottingham Forest while there is the chance of an upset when promotion chasing Wolves entertain Swansea.
There are also three non-league teams left in the competition so far, with all facing second round replays.
Hereford must go again against Fleetwood, with a home tie against former Premier League champions Leicester awaiting the winners.
AFC Fylde know a trip to Bournemouth is their reward if they can overcome Wigan in their replay.
And Woking can secure a trip to Aston Villa if they manage to overcome Peterborough after drawing their first match.
The ties are due to be played around the weekend of January 6-7.