Manchester United travel to Preston North End to face a team ranked several tiers below them and it typically sets up well for a David Vs Goliath clash, a feature typical of the FA Cup. While Manchester United has been struggling to find top gear in all competitions this season, they are somehow Third in the Premier League table and are one of the current favorites as they head to Deepdale for fifth round of FA Cup action.
Manchester United is certain to miss the services of Michael Carrick while Louis Van Gaal is still undecided about Phil Jones, Daley Blind, and Robin Van Persie three players who featured in mid week clash against Burnley. Luke Shaw is expected to be back after serving his one match ban. Preston North End would welcome back top scorer Joe Garner, while his strike partner Jermaine Beckford is unavailable.
Preston North End (3-5-2): (Stuckmann, Clarke, Huntington, Wright, Wiseman, Humphry, Welsh, Gallagher, Laird, Davies, Garner)
Manchester United (4-4-2): (De Gea, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, McNair, Rooney, Mata, Di Maria, Fellaini, Wilson, Falcao)
While Manchester United has been scratchy in putting their opposition away, they are expected to start with a system which is expected to be narrow, which will ensure they do not concede early. While the second half we could see more width and attack minded United operating a bit freely and although Wayne Rooney is expected to be closer to his goal rather than the opposition goal, hopefully the better sense will prevail, once Carrick and Blind are back and he can join the strikers upfront.
Manchester United to knick it against Preston North End and will not take a replay tie to Manchester United this time around (hopefully).