COLCHESTER United have been handed a mouth-watering trip to play Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The U's will visit Old Trafford in December for the last-eight tie against the Premier League side.

It will be the second time Colchester will face Manchester United in the League Cup.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side progressed to the next round with a 2-1 win at Chelsea last night.

The last time Colchester met Manchester United in the competition was at Layer Road in November, 1983 where the Reds ran out 2-0 winners.

Colchester sealed their progress into the last eight for the first time since 1974 when they beat League Two rivals Crawley Town, on Tuesday night.

John McGreal's side won 3-1 at the Broadfield Stadium, in front of nearly 1,800 of their fans.

Goals from Luke Norris, Luke Gambin and an own goal from goalkeeper Michael Luyambula helped the U's seal their progress into the last eight.

Colchester have so far enjoyed a magnificent run in this season's competition, knocking out Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace along the way.

They began their memorable run in the competition with a 3-0 home win over Swindon Town, in the first round.

The Carabao Cup quarter-finals are scheduled to take place week commencing December 16.