Tilson told Southend’s official website: “It’s going to be such a memorable occasion for us. We’ve never played Manchester United and they are top of the Premiership at the moment so we couldn’t have got a better draw, it’s just fantastic.”
“They might have played a mixed side at Crewe but they still had some first team players out there. Whatever side a team of their quality puts out it is going to be full of stars.
“Crewe were excellent and they should have taken it to penalties but they can be proud of their performance. Just think – Barrett versus Rooney, Ferdinand versus Eastwood, it’s going to be tremendous!”
The match between Southend and Manchester United will take place on Tuesday 7 November.