Manchester United takes on Shrewsbury Town Monday afternoon in the fifth round of FA Cup clash, in what could be Louis van Gaal?s last match if he suffers another defeat.
Stakes are all time high for the Red Devils who head to Greenhous Meadow on a poor run of form following back-to-back defeats to Sunderland and FC Midtjylland. Manchester United had a dreadful week which saw them lose 2-1 at Sunderland in the Premier League then suffer a Europa League humbling by the same scoreline at FC Midtjylland.
Further bad news for the team, David de Gea is the latest player to join Manchester United’s lengthy injury list after a sustained knee problem in the warm-up before the previous night’s Europa League defeat. United has also lost Wayne Rooney (knee), Marouane Fellaini (muscle injury), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (illness) and Matteo Darmian (shoulder) in the last few days besides Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Guillermo Varela and Adnan Januzaj.
Meanwhile, League One side Shrewsbury Town have some good news heading into the game regarding injuries, with former United player Larnell Cole returning after three games out with a groin injury. Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon also confirmed that Jack Grimmer is also set to be fit for the game. But Shrewsbury’s on-loan midfielder James Wallace has been forced out of action with a knee injury.
The Monday game will be a first face-off between Manchester United and Shrewsbury, and many say that United will defeat Shrewsbury handily. Shrewsbury are currently 19th in League One and sit just three points above the drop zone, yet they head into this game on the back of a morale-boosting 3-2 win over rivals Blackpool. They have beaten Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday in the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup.
According to BBC, despite the injuries, the team that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal puts out, will be too strong for League One opposition.
Here is all you need to know about the match:
Match: FA Cup fifth round
Venue: Greenhous Meadow Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Date: Monday, 22 February
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Stream: BT Sports