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Manchester United's Quinton Fortune, left, scores past Everton's goalkeeper Nigel Martyn during their FA Cup match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on Saturday.


Wayne Rooney failed to score on his first return to Everton, but Manchester United didn't need him in a 2-0 victory Saturday in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Booed when he stepped onto the field at Goodison Park, the 19-year-old Liverpool native also got a smattering of cheers from fans who still adore him despite his ?27 million (US$50 million) move over the summer to Manchester United.

Quinton Fortune put Manchester United ahead in the 23rd -- on a header off a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo -- and Ronaldo sealed the win with a 58th-minute goal.

Rooney had a handful of chances to score. The best might have come seconds from the end when Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn made a sprawling save on a close-in Rooney shot.

Also Saturday, Andy Gray converted a penalty in second-half injury time, lifting Sheffield United to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Arsenal.

Gray slammed the penalty behind Arsenal 'keeper Manuel Almunia after Swiss defender Philippe Senderos was called for a handball. Substitute Robert Pires put the Gunners ahead in the 78th at Highbury.

Southampton, another Premier League side, also faces a replay against a lower division team. The Saints drew 2-2 with division-one Brentford.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gambled and rested many of his regulars, hoping to keep them fresh for Tuesday's Champions League game at Bayern Munich.

Instead, the Gunners face a replay on March 1 in Sheffield, adding to an already crowded schedule. With Chelsea sure to win the league title and the Champions League a long shot, the FA Cup is still the Gunners' best chance for silverware.

Arsenal played a man short from the 35th minute when striker Dennis Bergkamp was sent off on a red card from referee Neale Barry.

Responding to the physical game played by Sheffield United, Bergkamp shoved defender Danny Cullip a couple of times, moments after Cullip blocked Bergkamp and pushed him from behind.

Wenger will lodge a protest.

"We will appeal yes," he said. "He didn't hit, he didn't push him."

Arsenal rested many of its regulars including captain Patrick Vieira and striker Thierry Henry. Sol Campbell was out with an ankle injury and winger Ashley Cole missed with the flu.

The Gunners were beginning to control play just before Bergkamp was sent off. Pires came off the bench in the 66th and notched the decider, knocking in a rebound that Blades' goalkeeper Paddy Kenny failed to control.

Gray spoiled the comeback.

"After they scored, against a team like Arsenal you don't get many chances to come back," Gray said. "Fortunately, we got a penalty in the last minute."

In Southampton's 2-2 draw, Henri Camara scored two in the first 36 minutes to give the Saints a 2-0 lead. Brentford rallied with goals from Isaiah Rankin and Sam Sodje.

Bolton reached the final eight, beating Fulham 1-0 on Kevin Davies' goal in the 12th. Bolton is trying to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1958.

In Leicester's 2-1 win over Charlton, Dion Dublin scored the winner in second-half injury time. Nikos Dabizas scored for Leicester and Shaun Bartlett equalized late in the first half for Charlton.

In the League Championship, Ipswich stayed on top after a 1-1 draw Friday with Preston. Ipswich has 66 points followed by Wigan with 63 and Sunderland with 60.

Gary O'Connor scored two goals and Steven Whittaker and Steven Fletcher scored the others as Hibernian held on to third-place in Scotland with a 4-0 victory over Dundee.

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