Preston vs Man United Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Preston vs Man United | Monday 16 February, 2015 | Deepdale | 19.45
League One highfliers Preston North End are will be putting up a tough fight when they host Man United in their FA Cup fifth round clash on Monday.
The Northern team have lost just on home game in the league in the last year with boss Simon Grayson looking to continue the side’s impressive record, despite the formidable threat posed by this week’s visitors.
Preston are looking for promotion to the Championship this season and are looking like serious contenders for a top place finish with recent back-to-back victories under their belt.
Grayson spoke to reporters about the upcoming game, commenting, “This tie does a lot for the football club. “It lifts the profiled, it will be a fantastic atmosphere, brings in vital revenue and we have to go out and enjoy it and see where it takes us.
“We have nothing to lose and Manchester United certainly has. The one thing you don’t want the team to do it let it pass them by, because these games don’t come around too often.
“You have to grasp it and somewhere down the line there might be a hero – and from becoming a local hero, they suddenly become a national and worldwide hero if they produce a performance and get a goal to knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup.”
Preston have been lifted in recent weeks with the return of top scorer Joe Garner after missing out for three months with a knee injury, while Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Davies also give Grayson some great choices in attack.
Louis van Gaal is only without Michael Carrick (calf), although Phil Jones (knee) and Robin van Persie (unspecified) are both doubts ahead of the clash.
A 3-1 win over Burnley on Wedneday saw the Red Devils climb to third in the Premier League with just one loss in 18 games. Van Gaal won’t be taking any risks against the third tier side, however, having been forced to a replay by Cambridge United in the last round.
“It’s always the same because you know the world is for the underdog and we have to play away under the same circumstances as at Cambridge or Yeovil,” he commented this week. “It shall be very difficult.
“You know that they play more or less with two rows of four and a striker who is dropping in, as did Cambridge and Yeovil and also the last games, for example Queens Park Rangers and Burnley. It is always difficult to play against a defending team.
“It’s our goal to win a trophy and I hope to win one for the fans of Manchester United.”
Preston vs Man United Betting Tips
Preston won’t make it easy for Man United but the Red Devils are more prepared for their lower league side this time round after a shock draw at Cambridge. Expect a United victory with at least one goal from the hosts – a 1-2 scoreline, priced at 8/1 with Ladbrokes, is your best bet.