United will face Portsmouth at home in the quarter-finals while Bristol Rovers will play West Brom, Chelsea will take on Barnsley and Sheffield United or Middlesbrough will host Cardiff.

Ferguson's side have had to overcome Aston Villa, Tottenham and Arsenal to reach the last eight of the competition - and played six top-flight sides in last season's FA Cup, including Portsmouth.

The United manager told the club's website, www.manutd.com: "It's a home draw, so it doesn't matter who you get. But it's typical that we have another Premier League team.

"The good thing about the FA Cup, though, is that the opposition bring an increased number of supporters, which makes for a great atmosphere.

"We've had two great home ties against Spurs and Arsenal in the previous rounds, and hopefully we'll have another one against Portsmouth."

Barnsley manager Simon Davey believes facing Chelsea at home in is a "good reward" for beating Liverpool on Saturday.

"I'm very pleased, it's fantastic to draw Chelsea at home. We wanted a home tie and to get Chelsea is brilliant," Davey told Sky Sports News.

"In the last round against Liverpool, 6,000 Barnsley fans came to Anfield - now we can fill our stadium against another fantastic, world-class team. It's a good reward for beating Liverpool in the last round.

"We played Blackpool, then Southend, then we were looking for a big club. To draw Liverpool at Anfield was fantastic for us. We won that, and now we have the chance to play against more world class players at home.

"We've got a fantastic home record at the moment and hopefully we can continue it and get into the semi-finals."

Davey is well aware of the big-name match-winners Chelsea possess.

"I think there's a few - Frank Lampard, John Terry, Joe Cole, there are endless names from Chelsea that are going to give us nightmares," he said.

"We've got to concentrate on the league now, but it's a fantastic draw for us and we can't wait for it.

"The players have got to relish it. I'm sure they will be capable of putting on a good performance, like they did at Anfield."

The ties will be played on the weekend of March 8 and 9 and the winners will be going to Wembley - both semi-finals are to be played at the national stadium.