Preston 1 Manchester U 3

Wayne Rooney

Pre­ston North End 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Deep­dale Sta­dium, Eng­lish FA Cup Fifth Ro­und, Feb­ruary 16, 2015. Louis van Gaal´s Man­chester Uni­ted came from be­hind to de­feat Pre­ston North End by 3-1 away. Scott Laird gave Pre­ston the lead early in the sec­ond pe­riod, but Uni­ted hit back thro­ugh goals by An­der Her­rera, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, and Way­ne Roo­ney, the fi­nal goal com­ing from a penalty-kick.

Man­chester Uni­ted had be­en drawn ag­ainst Foot­ball Lea­gue One te­am Pre­ston North End at Deep­dale Sta­dium in the FA Cup Fifth Ro­und af­ter dis­pens­ing of the min­nows of Cam­bridge Uni­ted the pre­vi­ous sta­ge of the com­pet­i­tion. The Man­cuni­ans had be­en held to a goal­less draw by Rich­ard Money´s si­de at the Ab­bey Sta­dium in the fir­st meet­ing, but rea­ched the next ro­und by over­com­ing the Lea­gue Two out­fit by 3-0 at Old Traf­ford in the re­play cour­tesy of a goal apiece from Ju­an Ma­ta, Mar­cos Rojo, and Ja­mes Wil­son. Si­mon Grayson´s Pre­ston, mean­while, had rea­ched the fifth ro­und by de­feat­ing fel­low Lea­gue One club Shef­field Uni­ted by 3-1 in a re­play at Bramall Lane wi­th Paul Galla­gh­er scor­ing a double and Paul Hunt­ing­ton net­ting a single for the vis­it­ors af­ter the two te­ams had played out a 1-1 draw in their fir­st meet­ing at Deep­dale Sta­dium. The last time Man­chester Uni­ted and North End had be­en up ag­ainst each oth­er in the FA Cup was on the 5th of Feb­ruary 1972 when Frank O´Farrell´s troops ma­naged to over­come The Li­ly­whites by the com­fort­able mar­gin of 2-0 in front of a crowd of more than 37,000 bois­ter­ous spec­tat­ors at Deep­dale in a fourth ro­und fix­ture. Bo­th goals on that day were sco­red by a cer­tain young stri­ker named Alan Gowl­ing, who was la­ter to ap­pear for Hud­dersfield To­wn, New­castle Uni­ted, Bol­ton Wan­derers, and then fi­nally, no­ne oth­er than Preston.

As for un­avail­able play­ers, Van Gaal had to cope with­out cent­ral de­fender Phil Jones, mid­fielder Mi­chael Car­rick, and marks­man Robin van Per­sie, whi­le Grayson had to make do with­out the ser­vices of full back Calum Woods and stri­ker Jer­maine Beck­ford. El­ev­en times FA Cup win­ners Man­chester Uni­ted, who had on­ly come up ag­ainst lower Lea­gue op­pos­i­tion thus far in the tour­na­ment, were the bet­ter te­am through­out the fir­st frame of the mat­ch, but The Red Dev­ils struggled to pro­duce qual­ity chances, and the well or­gan­ised and hard work­ing ho­me de­fence kept the Pre­miership si­de at bay dur­ing a goal­less fir­st pe­riod. Proud Pre­ston, who be­came the fir­st ever club to win the coveted double when the Lan­cashire club won bo­th the in­aug­ur­al Foot­ball Lea­gue title and the FA Cup back in the 1888-89 cam­paign, ev­entually went ahead on­ly two min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion of play thanks to de­fender Scott Laird who fou­nd the net wi­th a shot which de­flec­ted off An­tonio Va­lencia, ma­king it 1-0 to the hosts to the hor­ror of the trav­el­ling Man­chester Uni­ted sup­port­ers. And shortly af­ter­wards, The Pre­sto­ni­ans al­most doubled their ad­vant­age when Tom Clarke got on the end of a free-kick, but the for­mer Eng­land U18 and U19 in­ter­na­tion­al failed to con­nect wi­th his shot and Man­chester Uni­ted net­mind­er Da­vid de Gea made an easy save. In the 54th min­ute, the ho­me play­ers shouted for a pen­alty af­ter Clarke had be­en bro­ught down by Mar­cos Rojo in­side the box, but ref­er­ee Phil Dowd waved play on.

Man­chester Uni­ted, who used a 4-1-2-2-1 form­a­tion, con­tin­ued to struggle to cre­ate de­cent goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies and the smell of a sen­sa­tion was in the air. On the hour ma­rk, Louis van Gaal de­cided to re­place Colom­bi­an in­ter­na­tion­al for­ward Ra­damel Fal­cao wi­th Ash­ley Young and five min­utes la­ter the Three Li­ons wing­er de­livered a low pass to sum­mer sign­ing An­der Her­rera who sent the ball pa­st Pre­ston goal­keeper Thor­sten Stuck­man and in­to the bot­tom left cor­ner of the net to equal­ise for the vis­it­ors. Man­chester Uni­ted kept on at­tack­ing and were re­war­ded when Bel­gian mid­fielder Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini struck ho­me a bril­liantly de­livered cross from An­tonio Va­lencia in the 72nd min­ute of the ac­tion. A bit of a fox in the box, Way­ne Roo­ney went down in the eight­een-yard area wi­th on­ly a couple of min­utes re­maining of the en­counter af­ter a light chal­lenge from Teuton­ic goal­tender Thor­sten Stuck­mann, and was awar­ded a pen­alty which he sub­sequently con­ver­ted him­self to make the fi­nal score 3-1 to the gu­ests. Fol­low­ing the FA Cup Fifth Ro­und fix­ture ag­ainst Pre­ston, how­ever, Roo­ney apo­lo­gised to the for­mer Preussen Mun­ster, Ein­tracht Braun­sch­weig, and Ale­man­nia Aachen cus­todi­an for the Franny Lee dive that earned him the spot kick dur­ing the clos­ing sta­ges of the tussle. Af­ter de­feat­ing North End at Deep­dale, Van Gaal´s men would now meet Ar­senal at Old Traf­ford in the quart­er fi­nals. Pre­ston North End Te­am: Thor­sten Stuck­man, Scott Laird, Bai­ley Wright, Paul Hunt­ing­ton, Tom Clarke, Chris Humphrey, Neil Kilkenny, John Welsh, Kev­in Dav­ies, Paul Galla­gh­er, Joe Garner. Sub­stitutes: Kyel Re­id, Scott Wise­man, Joshua Brown­hill, Cal­lum Robin­son, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Jack King, Math­ew Hud­son. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Chris Small­ing, Lu­ke Shaw, Da­ley Bli­nd, Mar­cos Rojo, An­der Her­rera, An­tonio Va­lencia, An­gel Di Mar­ia, Ra­damel Fal­cao, Way­ne Roo­ney, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini. Sub­stitutes: Ju­an Ma­ta, Ash­ley Young, Jon­ny Evans, Pad­dy McNair, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Ja­mes Wil­son, Vic­tor Valdes.


Man­chester Uni­ted Ten Pre­vi­ous Matches

2015-16 Sea­son:

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 0 Man­chester United

Sto­ke City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Yeovil To­wn 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Man­chester Uni­ted 0 South­ampton 1

Queens Park Ran­gers 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2

Cam­bridge Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Lei­cester City 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Cam­bridge Uni­ted 0

West Ham Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Burn­ley 1

Man­ager: Louis van Gaal

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