Manchester United vs. Tranmere Rovers – Match Overview
Manchester United hit the road to visit Tranmere Rovers in an away FA Cup fixture on Sunday. The fourth round of the competition has started to make things a little exciting.
Although they are the twelve-time FA Cup winners, the current season doesn’t seem to be the one for the Red Devils. With a victory in its last FA Cup fixture, Manchester United must be wary and looking to secure a lead early on to give something positive to its fans.
On the other hand, Tranmere Rovers have nothing to lose and SO MUCH to win. They have home advantage against a relatively weak Manchester United side, and there is a possibility to squeeze in an upset and knock them out.
Things haven’t been so well for Manchester United lately as they lost their first home game at the hands of Burnley since 1962. This led to a massive outbreak amongst the fans who chose to evacuate Old Trafford in thousands before full time. This did send a strong message to the club administration that the fans are extremely unhappy with the way things are being run in recent years.
Injuries continue to bother the Red Devils as the star player Paul Pogba, alongside Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, and Marcos Rojo will continue to remain absent from the starting lineup. Furthermore, Marcus Rashford has also been sidelined due to a recently announced injury. Manchester United hasn’t yet scored since Rashford’s departure.
Mason Greenwood will be keen to end that drought with some support from Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong.
Form (FA Cup): DW
Form (all competitions): DLWWLL
League One survivor Tranmere Rovers is in hot water as far as its league performance is concerned. With only 1 win in its last 10 league games, it is quite obvious that the team’s morale must be down. The fans, however, will try to cheer their team the hardest as there is a possibility of surprising Manchester United and squeezing an upset in the fourth round of FA Cup.
Injury front for Tranmere Rovers looks extremely pleasant as there are no injury doubts for the League One team.
The 38-year old Peter Clarke, however, is expected to be rested as starting two games in such quick succession might not be suitable for him.
Form (FA Cup): DWWDW
Form (all competitions): LDLDLW
Manchester United vs. Tranmere Rovers – Match Facts
- In the two games played against each other, both the teams have a victory.
- Manchester United’s last victory against Tranmere Rovers came back in Sept ’76, when the scoreline read 5-0.
- Tranmere Rovers recently made an upset against the Red Devils in the Football League Trophy with a healthy scoreline of 3-2.
Romero; Dalot, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Garner, Matic; Chong, Lingard, Gomes; Greenwood
Davies; Caprice, Nelson, Monthe, Ridehalgh; Danns, Perkins; Morris, Jennings, Taylor; Mullin
Tranmere Rovers vs Manchester United
- 1 Scott Davies (G)
- 14 Jake Caprice
- 24 Peter Clarke
- 6 Emmanuel Monthe
- 3 Liam Ridehalgh
- 35 Neil Danns
- 17 David Perkins (H. Gilmour)
- 7 Kieron Morris
- 11 Connor Jennings
- 23 Corey Taylor (R. Hepburn-Murphy)
- 10 Morgan Ferrier (P. Mullin)
- Sergio Romero (G) 22
- Victor Lindelöf 2
- (B. Williams) Harry Maguire 5
- Phil Jones 4
- Diogo Dalot 20
- Andreas Pereira 15
- (Fred) Nemanja Matić 31
- Luke Shaw 23
- Jesse Lingard 14
- Mason Greenwood 26
- (T. Chong) Anthony Martial 9
- 25 Luke Pilling (G)
- 22 Kane Wilson
- 2 Calum Woods
- 20 Harvey Gilmour (D. Perkins)
- 18 Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (C. Blackett-Taylor)
- 45 Stefan Payne
- 9 Paul Mullin (M. Ferrier)
- Lee Grant (G) 13
- Eric Bailly 3
- (H. Maguire) Brandon Williams 53
- Daniel James 21
- (N. Matic) Fred 17
- Juan Mata 8
- (A. Martial) Tahith Chong 44
Missing PlayersNot Found.
- M. Mellon
- O. Solskjær
Provided the disappointing forms for both teams in their respective leagues in the current season, it is difficult to predict who is going to have the upper hand over another.
With home advantage and a knack of coming up with their A-game in big competitions, Tranmere Rovers has the potential to stun the crowd and defeat Manchester United.
However, with a goal drought and the increased irritation in the squad, Manchester United is expected to come hard at the home team and defeat them.
Score: Manchester United (2-1) Tranmere Rovers
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