By Andy Hyslop
- United could be missing up to 14 players for this tie
- Goalkeeper Henderson recalled from loan spell with Stockport County as cover for injuries
Following away defeats to Sunderland and FC Midtjylland, Manchester United travel to Shrewsbury under immense pressure to confirm their place in the sixth round of the FA Cup.
It seems inevitable that Louis Van Gaal will be leaving his job as Manchester United manager, but the question is when. Anything more than a victory at New Meadow on Monday night will heighten the pressure on United to act.
Whatever the result in this tie, here at Sir Alex Ferguson Way we believe that the United board will not be getting rid of Van Gaal until Champions League qualification is out of the question.
18 year-old goalkeeper Dean Henderson was recalled from his loan spell with National League North side Stockport County as cover following recent injuries to David De Gea and Sam Johnstone.
Under-21s goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira is cup-tied having played for Rochdale in a earlier round, meaning Henderson will likely be on the bench for this game.
Under-21 regulars James Weir, Joe Riley and Will Keane were all named on the bench against FC Midtjylland. All three played for the under-21s in a 1-0 defeat to City yesterday.
Weir and Riley completed the 90 minutes, maybe meaning they won’t be needed by the first-team for this FA Cup tie. While Keane completed just over an hour, meaning he is likely to be named amongst the substitutes once more.
We expect to see a similar starting eleven in this game as to the one that started against FC Midtjylland. Meaning Romero will continue in goal with a back four of Love, McNair, Smalling and Blind in front of him.
The only change that we may see for this tie is Schneiderlin replacing Herrera in United’s midfield, behind a front four of Lingard, Mata, Memphis and Martial.
Shrewsbury Town are the lowest ranked team left in the competition. They currently sit in 21st place in the League One table. Of their last ten league games, they have won three and lost five.
They have only won one of their last four home games, that coming with their 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the previous round.
This is the first time Shrewsbury have reached this stage of the FA Cup since the 1990/91 season, when they were defeated 1-0 by Arsenal.
Former United youngster Larnell Cole is currently on loan at Shrewsbury, to date he has made 24 appearances, scoring two goals.
Another former United player currently on the Shrewsbury books is midfielder Richie Wellens. Wellens joined Shrewsbury on a free transfer in January.