FA Cup 5th Round – Shrewsbury v Man Utd


It is a nightmare for Manchester United from the recent results as well as the amount of players unavailable for selection.

Louis Van Gaal faces yet another selection headache due to the injuries picked up from De Gea on Thursday and losing striker Rooney for up to six weeks. At a time when United need their players back to build up momentum and finish the season on a high, are now without a strengthened and experienced squad to be involved in fixtures. The FA Cup is still a chance for Van Gaal to challenge for silverware but it looks concerning with the defeats to Sunderland and FC Midtjylland which has piled more pressure on the board to chop the manager.

It is going to be a tough game for United who face Shrewsbury in the FA Cup and everyone knows there could be a potential cup upset on the cards. It could be a fairy tale for Shrewsbury fans who will be eager and hopeful to face a down beat United side who are struggling at the moment. No one fears United anymore and they have not been performing to the standards where many have seen them playing in the past. To bring the fear factor will take a while for Van Gaal to reinstate as he has many players ruled out through injury and this game is considered as his must win game to stay on at United or face the exit door.

The blame of the defeats will point towards the manager however, there has been unfortunate injuries to the players who would have been pivotal to the performances. The style of play has been underwhelming and it has been difficult to watch United play free flowing football with the lack of options available. The defence has had to have academy players make their debut’s, there is a lack of strikers and the midfield does not have flair to play on the counter. There are no wide players who would spread out the play and use the flanks to attack.

With Memphis scoring in the previous game in the Europa League, he will be looking to keep his place in the side and make the most of his chances as he has not been given many starts. He needs to build consistency and his performances will improve. Lingard does his best on the right but he likes to cut inside and play in the central attacking zone rather than staying out on the wing.

A game that should be won on paper for the Reds, it will be another test for Van Gaal to reshuffle the pack and hope his side go through to the next round where they could face West Ham. If it is another disappointing result, there will be discussions of why the Dutchman is still in charge and calling for him to resign. I do not think it will be a surprise if United are knocked out of the FA Cup, then the board have a decision to make.

Possible starting XI:

Man Utd; Romero, Poole, Smalling, McNair, Blind, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Herrera, Memphis, Martial.

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