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Shrewsbury are dreaming of a victory

Last updated: February 19, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 7:45pm
Venue: Greenhous Meadow
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDLWL
Away form: LDWWL
Last meeting:
Competition: The FA Cup

The Shrews are lying 19th in the third level of English football, but now Micky Mellon’s players have the chance to play against one of the strongest teams in The Premier League – Manchester United. That’s the first ever meeting between these two teams and Shrewsbury will be highly motivated to show what they can do.

It will be an uncomfortable visit to New Meadow for Manchester United, where the capacity is only 9,875. The Red Devils met Sheffield United and Derby County in the previous two rounds of The FA Cup and now the match against Shrewsbury seems to be even easier, but the oldest tournament in the world is the most unpredictable one!

Shrewsbury Town started their FA Cup campaign in the first round. They beat Gainsborough 1-0. Then eliminated Grimsby with the same score, after a replay. In the third round The Shrews won 1-0 against the Championship side Cardiff City. But Micky Mellon’s team surprised everybody, turning things around against Sheffield Wednesday, being 1-2 behind 3 minutes before the final whistle and eventually winning 3-2.


Team News

Louis van Gaal is expected to give his stars some more resting time. So, we can see some of the substitute players starting the match for United.

5 different players have scored the goals for Shrewsbury Town in The FA Cup this season. Their top scorers in League One (Collins and Kaikai) have been sold.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is still injured for Manchester United. The German international is suffering from a knee injury.

Varela, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia are also on The Red Devils’ injury list. Shaw is close to recovery.


Expected line-ups:

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Shrewsbury (3-5-2): Leutwiler, Whitbread, Grandison, Grimmer, Knight-Percival, Black, Ogogo, Brown, Akpa Akpro, Whalley, Mangan.
Subs Smith, Wellens, Vassell, Halstead, Vernon, Clark, Grandin.
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Man United (4-4-2): De Gea, Love, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Carrick, Lingard, Fellaini, Herrera, Memphis, Martial.
Subs Romero, Pereira, McNair, Keane, Mata, Riley, Schneiderlin.
Injured: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Valencia, Jones, Young, Varela.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Comparison

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Shrewsbury Town this season Manchester United this season
Micky Mellon Head coach Louis van Gaal
The League One Division The Premier League
19 League Position 5
3-2 vs. Sheffield Wednesday (home) 4th round result 3-1 vs. Derby County (away)
Quarter-finalists (2) Biggest success in The FA Cup Winners (11)
2nd round Last campaign in The FA Cup 6th round
Akpa Akpro, Grimmer, Mangan, Ogogo (1) Top scorers in The FA Cup Rooney (2)
Vernon (3) Assist leader in The FA Cup Martial (2)
  • Shrewsbury Town have won with a 1 goal margin in their last 3 FA Cup matches. 3 of their 5 matches in the competition have ended with a 1-0 victory for The Shrews.
  • Manchester United haven’t been knocked out of The FA Cup from a lower division team since 3rd January 2010, when The Red Devils lost 0-1 to Leeds United.
  • Shrewsbury’s biggest success in The FA Cup was reaching the quarter-finals (twice – in 1979 and 1982). The Shrews have also reached The Capital One Cup semi-finals once (1961).
  • The Red Devils haven’t won The FA Cup since 2004. Manchester United have won the cup on 11 occasions, which makes them the second best team in the tournament after Arsenal (12).