Manchester United are bad at football. They’re so bad, they lost to a side that sound like the noise that comes out of the PP Blog team after a night out, FC Midtjylland. A club that were formed in 1999. In 1999, the first Star Wars was released, Australia won the Rugby World Cup, and office favorite ‘Heartbeat’ by Steps topped the charts in the UK.
More relevantly, Alex Ferguson took United to the treble, a season which changed the face of English football. and propelled the Red Devils to a seat at top table of clubs. Now, under Louis Van Gaal, they’ve become the
Phil Neville disowned little brother languishing at the foot of it.
But could it possibly get any worse? Look on the brightside United fans, you’re not in the bottom half of the table (Chelsea), you don’t have a total bastard leading the line (Chelsea) and your fans aren’t delusional (Ch-oh wait). And you’ve what is on paper an easy draw in the FA Cup.
But the stats are miexed for Van Gaal. Even in Ferguson’s worst season as boss of United (1986-87) that side was still averaging more goals per game than the current crop. The fans that still manage to stay awake at Old Trafford point to how their defending has been better than ever. But they can now lean on their cup history as well.
- Manchester United have lost just one of their last 45 FA Cup games against lower-league opposition (Leeds in January 2010)
- All six of Shrewsbury’s goals scored in the FA Cup this season have come in the second half of their games, United’s record is similar.
- Shrewsbury’s last victory over Premier League opposition came back in 2003 versus Everton at home.
- LVG has a bad history against League One sides – he lost 4-0 to the MK Dons early in his United stint.
David De Gea was the latest in a lengthy list of injuries for Van Gaal, which includes captain Wayne Rooney, Matteo Darmian and Marouanne Fellaini, but that last one is probably a blessing in disguise. So expect a changed side for United, with a focus on the wingers to get in behind the Salop’s defence.
Memphis Depay is my tip to do the business. He’s anytime, but I think if or when United get one, the floodgates will open. Fans are calling for a response after Thursday, they should get one. Go for Depay to score 2 or more. Shrewsbury will get at least £275,000 from the match, so they’ll be happy regardless of result. United are so even that is probably worth a punt in an accumulator
Sorry Shrews, no upset this time.
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