Jaap Stam will make an emotional return to Manchester United next month after his Reading team were drawn at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round.
Stam was a cult hero in his three years at United, and the defensive rock of the 1999 Treble before he was sold to Lazio when Sir Alex Ferguson took issue with tapping-up claims in his autobiography.
Ferguson later admitted it was ‘a big mistake’ but the relationship was never healed.
After finishing his playing career and cutting his teeth in coaching roles in Holland at Zwolle and Ajax, 44-year-old Stam took charge of Reading in the summer and appears to have made an instant impact.
He has led them to third in the Championship after 19 games but regardless of promotion he will be back at Old Trafford in the FA Cup to tackle the holders, who won the trophy in May under Louis van Gaal.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s first FA Cup tie will be at West Ham’s London Stadium and Antonio Conte’s will be at home against Peterborough or Notts County.
FA Cup Third Round Draw
Ipswich vs Lincoln
Barrow vs Rochdale
Manchester United vs Reading
Hull vs Swansea
Sunderland vs Burnley
QPR vs Blackburn
Millwall vs Bournemouth
West Ham vs Manchester City
Brighton vs MK Dons or Charlton
Blackpool vs Barnsley
Wigan vs Nottingham Forest
Birmingham vs Newcastle
Chelsea vs Peterborough or Notts County
Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday
West Brom vs Derby
Everton vs Leicester
Wycombe vs Northampton or Stourbridge
Watford vs Burton Albion
Preston vs Arsenal
Cardiff vs Fulham
Stoke vs Wolves
Cambridge vs Leeds
Bristol City vs Fleetwood or Shrewsbury
Huddersfield vs Port Vale
Tottenham vs Aston Villa
Brentford vs Halifax and Eastleigh
Bolton vs Crystal Palace
Norwich vs Southampton
Sutton United vs Wimbledon
Accrington Stanley vs Luton
Rotherham vs Oxford or Macclesfield
Liverpool vs Newport or Plymouth