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Dare Manchester United lose to Shrewsbury Town?

Manchester United take on Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fifth round in a match Louis van Gaal surely dare not lose.

The Red Devils boss is already looking like he is on borrowed time at Manchester United, and a loss to Shrewsbury could accelerate his departure.

Van Gaal already has one defeat to a lower league team on his United CV, when they were humiliatingly beaten 4-0 by MK Dons in his first month as manager in August 2014.

Shrewsbury Town are currently in League One and are not having a good season, presently in 21st position of 24 teams, with nine wins from 31 league games.

United have been struck badly by injuries, notably losing key striker and captain Wayne Rooney until late March.

Their squad is weak in several positions and an upset could be on the cards despite United's Premier League quality.

United knocked out Sheffield United and Derby County to qualify for the fifth round, while Shrewsbury upset Championship sides Cardiff City and then in form Sheffield Wednesday.

A home tie in the quarter finals awaits the winners, with West Ham United the opponents.

Shrewsbury lineup


  • Jayson Leutwiler
  • Jermaine Grandison
  • Jack Grimmer
  • Nathaniel Knight-Percival
  • Zak Whitbread
  • Ian Black
  • Junior Brown
  • Abu Ogogo
  • Shaun Whalley
  • Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro
  • Andy Mangan

Substitutes: Mark Halstead, Mat Sadler, Dominic Smith, Jordan Clark, Larnell Cole, Elliot Grandin, Scott Vernon.

Man Utd lineup


  • Sergio Romero
  • Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
  • Chris Smalling
  • Guillermo Varela
  • Daley Blind
  • Ander Herrera
  • Jesse Lingard
  • Juan Mata
  • Morgan Schneiderlin
  • Memphis Depay
  • Anthony Martial

Substitutes: Paddy McNair, Regan Poole, Michael Carrick, Andreas Pereira, Joe Riley, Will Keane.

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