Predicted Preston North End line-up to play Manchester United

Preston North End

Here is the possible Preston North End side to face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday.

Preston North End defeated Chesterfield 2-0 on Tuesday night, meaning they have now won three games in a row as they prepare to face Manchester United.

The Red Devils arrive at Deepdale on Monday night in the fifth round of the FA Cup, with manager Simon Grayson hoping to defeat United again.

The North End boss beat United at Old Trafford as Leeds United manager back in 2010, and five years he's looking to notch another FA Cup upset.

With momentum now gained thanks to the return of hotshot striker and fan favourite Joe Garner, Preston will be confident of shocking their more illustrious opponents, but Grayson has a couple of big absentees.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is on loan from United, and can't play because he's cup-tied having played for Doncaster earlier in the competition, and the same goes for midfielder Daniel Johnson, who represented Oldham.

German shot stopper Thorsten Stuckmann will replace Johnstone between the sticks for the Lilywhites, whilst Grayson has two options for replacing Johnson; go with the experienced former Liverpool midfielder John Welsh or the attack-minded ex-United trainee Josh Brownhill.

There is also a question mark over what system Preston will use. A 4-2-3-1 formation has served them well over the course of the season, but Grayson switched to a 3-4-1-2 against Chesterfield in midweek - and he's expected to stick with the latter on Monday.

Here is how Preston could line-up against United...

Preston North End [3-4-1-2]: Stuckmann; Clarke, Huntington, Wright; Wiseman, Welsh, Kilkenny, Laird; Gallagher; Davies, Garner.

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