Chelsea were the big casualties, Manchester United struggled to beat non-league Crawley Town and Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Leyton Orient – the FA Cup was back in all its glory this weekend.
United had to rely on a first-half Wes Brown goal to see off a brave Crawley side at Old Trafford on Saturday evening when the minnows dominated for long spells.
Alex Ferguson’s team will meet the winners of the Arsenal-Orient replay in the quarter-finals after a last minute Jonathon Tehoue goal earned the home side a draw with the Gunners at Brisbane Road on Sunday.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made 10 changes from the team that beat Barcelona on Wednesday night and saw his side struggle despite taking the lead through Tomas Rosicky early in the second-half.
In other fifth round ties, Bolton are through to the last eight thanks to another Ivan Klasnic goal in a 1-0 win at Fulham and will be joined by Birmingham, 3-0 winners over Sheffield Wednesday, and Stoke who enjoyed the same winning margin against Brighton.
Carlo Ancelotti’s future as Chelsea boss has been called into question after the FA Cup holders went out in the fourth round replay, beaten 4-3 in a penalty death shoot-out by Everton.
Manchester City hammered Notts County 5-0 in their fourth round replay at Eastlands.
West Ham host Burnley in the weekend’s final fifth round tie on Monday.
The quarter-final draw for the FA Cup, made on Sunday, is as follows:
Stoke v West Ham or Burnley; Man City or Aston Villa v Everton or Reading; Birmingham v Bolton; Manchester United v Leyton Orient or Arsenal.