MIDDLESBROUGH manager Gareth Southgate is relishing the prospect of a home FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United after praising the "passion and desire" of his side in overcoming West Brom on penalties at The Hawthorns.
Boro earned the right to face the Red Devils after recovering from a dreadful opening 45 minutes against Albion with Mark Viduka cancelling out Darren Carter's opener with his ninth goal of 2007.
George Boateng stroked home the decisive spot-kick after the shoot-out went to sudden death before Sherjill MacDonald's miss for the Baggies ended their hopes of pulling off a giant-killing act as Boro triumphed 5-4.
Southgate said: "The Man United game is brilliant for us and I am chuffed for the fans. The club has been under the spotlight as the season has gone on and we have turned a big corner.
"The fans have had to ride some shaky moments earlier in the season but, having given the large contingent at West Brom an occasion to remember, a quarter-final at home against the best side in the country is fantastic to look forward to. It is a great tie for our club."