Severely depleted, in more ways than one, Manchester United travel to third tier side Shrewsbury on Monday night. Now, Shrewsbury will be itching to cause a major upset and what could possibly be Louis van Gaal&’s last match as an in-charge.
Shrewsbury have been doing quite poorly in League 1, placed 21st in the table. Their recent form has been erratic, with 2 wins and 2 losses apiece in the last four games.
Manchester United aren’t doing too well either, with a humiliating loss at Sunderland being followed by an extremely embarrassing loss at Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Shrewsbury Town have an almost full strength squad at their disposal, and are expected to field their strongest possible line up, as they bid to win their most high profile match in recent years.
United, however, are suffering from an injury crisis, with Captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper David de Gea among 14 players confirmed to miss out.
Van Gaal will be forced to play several young team players along with the regular starters he has at his disposal.
The Reds as usual, will dominate possession, but just how many chances they can carve out for themselves will determine the outcome of this Fifth Round fixture.
Shrewsbury, however, play like a typical lower league team, and will look to impose their physical presence on every set-piece they get.
Key Men: Shrewsbury Town
Nathaniel Knight-Percival, the captain of this side, leads from the back and scores the odd goal whenever he can. He will be tested like never before on Monday.
Jayson Leutwiler, the big Swiss goalkeeper, will be a busy man and expect him to make full use of his body as he strives to protect his goal.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is known for scoring decisive goals and the Frenchman will strive to score the winner any which way he can.
Key Men: Manchester United
Memphis Depay has been much maligned this season, but his record in Cup competitions isn’t bad. He will want to score a couple as he looks to regain his place in this United side.
Sergio Romero was excellent in the Europa League and while he is not on the same level as David de Gea, he is an extremely capable deputy.
Chris Smalling will have to be the main man in this reshuffled United back-line and ensure they do not suffer yet another upset.