FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Shrewsbury vs Manchester United

Competition: FA Cup: Fifth Round – Shrewsbury Town vs. Manchester United

Venue: Greenhous Meadow Stadium – Monday, February 22 – 19:45 GMT (14:45)

Match Odds: Shrewsbury 7/1 – Draw 18/5 – Man Utd 2/5

Match Preview

Shrewsbury host Manchester United in a proper FA Cup tie on Monday night, with both sides looking to book their place in the quarterfinals of the competitions with a win here.

Shrewsbury are struggling near the bottom of League One, sitting just three points above the relegation zone, but will undoubtedly be fired up for the visit of Manchester United on Monday night.

The Blues have enjoyed their FA Cup run so far, making it from the first round to the fourth with victories over Gainsborough Trinity, Grimsby Town, Cardiff City and most recently Sheffield Wednesday. But Manchester United are the biggest side they have faced this season and a big performance will be needed.

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The prospect of facing United has been made slightly better by the fact that the Red Devils have lost back-to-back games to Sunderland and FC Midtjylland, piling pressure back onto Louis Van Gaal and his players.

United travelled to Denmark to play Midtjylland on Thursday night and will need to hope they are not fatigued from that trip. Defeat to Shrewsbury here would probably go down as the worst result of their season and could see Van Gaal axed, with reports still suggesting Jose Mourinho is being lined up to come in before the end of the season.

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This will be the first-ever meeting between Shrewsbury and Manchester United. There are 56 places between the two clubs and so this will be a proper FA Cup clash.

Key Points

Shrewsbury’s last five in all competitions: L/W/L/D/W

Manchester United’s last five in all competitions: W/W/D/L/L

Key Stat: Shrewsbury have the second-worst home record in League One, having picked up just 11 points from 15 league games at Greenhous Meadow.

Key Player: Larnell Cole – The Shrewsbury striker will look to be a thorn in the side of his former employers here, should he start, and has a real point to prove.

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Score Prediction

Shrewsbury 1-1 Manchester United – This should be a foregone conclusion but United have been awful of late and are really struggling to pick up wins. Shrewsbury will be fired up for this clash and have had an extra week’s rest. A home win looks unlikely but the League One side could do enough to earn a replay at Old Trafford.


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