All eyes will be on New Meadow tonight as Manchester Utd take on Shrewsbury take on Louis Van Gaal’s Red Devils, with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs.
It should be a money spinner for the struggling League One side, and a welcome relief from the rigours of their domestic campaign as the Shrews look to cause one of the biggest FA Cup upsets in recent years by beating a United side which looks on shaky ground.
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Once again, the pressure and rumour mill has been in the full flow on the weekend with Jose Mourinho looking odds on to take over at the Old Trafford hot seat. Results have not helped the cause with United succcumbing to a 2-1 away defeat in the Europa League last week to FC Midtjylland, a match in which they were expected to win.
Sergio Romero should take the place of David De Gea between the posts, with the Spaniard struggling with a pull, while Van Gaal’s injury list continues to rise with Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj and Wayne Rooney all missing from the starting Xi with injury.
Shrewsbury obviously come into the match with absolutely nothing to lose, and with a relegation fight on their hands in League One, with the side only three points off the last four places, Micky Mellon side will come into the game with the pressure lifted. In fact, the side should be high in confidence following a morale boosting 3-2 win over Blackpool last time out.
A defeat for Manchester Utd is almost unthinkable, and those who expect a straight forward victory can back the Red Devils at 1/3.
But for those who still enjoy the magic of the cup, the Shrewsbury win can be backed at 10/1.
United’s season has taken a few uncharacterstic twists in recent months – will we see another tonight?
The match kicks off at 19:45.