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English FA Cup

Monday, 16 February 2015,

Preston NE
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Man United
  • Kickoff: 20:45 BST
  • Stadium: Deepdale
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Deepdale
  • Attendance: 21,348
  • 47' Scott Laird
  • 65' Ander Herrera
  • 72' Marouane Fellaini
  • 88' Wayne Rooney - pen

Preston North End

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Grayson targeting Man Utd double

Simon Grayson is looking to pull off a notable double when Manchester United visit Preston in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

Grayson was the manager of Leeds five years ago when they stunned United 1-0 in the third round, ending a near 30-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford.

It is 43 years since Preston have faced the Red Devils and more than 55 years since their last win but, having done it once, Grayson sees no reason why he cannot oversee another shock.

He said: "Every time I go to Leeds people remind me about it. It's a different football club, different personnel, but I'll draw from the experience and what a great feeling it was to win at Old Trafford that day.

"You don't get the opportunity to do that very often. I want to try to replicate that if possible. You have to have that belief that you can do it."

Leeds' match-winner, Jermaine Beckford, rejoined his old manager on loan from Bolton in November but his chances of more heroics have been scuppered by an ear infection.

"It's affected his balance and he's been having dizzy spells. It actually might make him a little bit brighter and better as a person but he'll be unavailable for the game unfortunately," said Grayson with a smile.

"It would have been a fantastic fairytale if he'd been available for us. We were contemplating trying to sign Jonny Howson to find him with a pass!"

Not that Preston are short of a goal threat.

At 37, Kevin Davies remains a player more than capable of making life uncomfortable for Premier League defences while Paul Gallagher's five goals make him the competition's leading scorer this season.

But it is Joe Garner of whom United will probably be most wary.

The 26-year-old has scored 14 times this season, including a brace against Chesterfield on Tuesday on his first start since suffering a shin injury in November.

Grayson said: "I'm sure if Manchester United's players are not aware of him at this moment, come Monday night they will be because he ruffles a few feathers."

Should Preston pull off the upset, it would be fitting timing, with the game coming just two days after the first anniversary of the death of their greatest ever player, Sir Tom Finney.

Finney was in the team when North End reached the final in 1954, 16 years after they lifted the trophy for the second and last time.

"This football club has got fantastic history and tradition," said Grayson. "It's quite poignant that this weekend is the first anniversary of his death so it would be a fantastic way to mark what he did for this football club."

The Preston boss, meanwhile, is also preparing to take part in a bicycle ride from London to Amsterdam in June in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Grayson's best friend, Stephen Garbett, died from the disease last September.

Ashley Young is sure Manchester United did not make an expensive mistake when they broke the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria for B£59.7million last summer.

United made a bold statement of intent when they smashed the transfer record by almost B£10million to sign Di Maria from Real Madrid.

The early signs were good. Di Maria dazzled with his pace and trickery and his terrific chip over Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is one of the best goals United have scored this season.

Di Maria's performances faded slightly thereafter, however, and he then struggled to recover from a hamstring problem towards the end of 2014.

Young has been a fan of the Argentinian midfielder for some time now, though, and he remains convinced United made a clever move by signing him last summer.

"Angel was a fantastic signing," Young told United Uncovered.

"Real Madrid have other top players in their team, like Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he was the one who stood out for me in that team last season.

"When you add quality to a squad that already has quality it can only help us.

"We saw in the first couple of days in training just how good a player Angel is and what we can expect from him. He was definitely a great signing for us."

United will be without Michael Carrick for Monday's fifth-round tie as he has suffered a setback in his recovery from a calf injury.

Daley Blind looks set to continue in the holding midfield role, provided that he recovers from the head injury he suffered in the 3-1 win over Burnley.

Van Gaal will make a late call on Robin van Persie, who is suffering with an unspecified injury

91'+4

Joe Garner hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

91'+4

Antonio Valencia clears the ball from danger.

91'+4

Kyel Reid crosses the ball.

91'+4

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

91'+3

Antonio Valencia clears the ball from danger.

91'+3

Paul Huntington clears the ball from danger.

91'+3

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 94'

91'+2

Handball called on Paul Gallagher

91'+2

Callum Robinson crosses the ball.

91'+2

John Welsh hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

91'+2

Antonio Valencia blocks the shot

91'+2

Ashley Young clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

David De Gea makes the save (Fumble)

91'+2

Scott Laird hits a good header. Outcome: save

91'+2

Antonio Valencia clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

91'+2

Chris Humphrey crosses the ball.

91'+2

Throw-in: Scott Wiseman takes it (Attacking)

91'+1

Tom Clarke clears the ball from danger.

91'+1

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 92'

91'+1

Chris Humphrey commits a foul on Daley Blind resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

91'+1

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Defending)

91'

Callum Robinson crosses the ball.

91'

Throw-in: Scott Wiseman takes it (Attacking)

91'

End of the game

91'

The referee has signaled the end of the second half

90'

Tom Clarke clears the ball from danger.

89'

Throw-in: Kyel Reid takes it (Defending)

88'

1 - 3

Wayne Rooney powers the penalty kick with his right foot to the upper left corner and scores!!

87'

Thorsten Stuckmann

87'

Thorsten Stuckmann commits a foul on Wayne Rooney resulting on a penalty for Manchester United

87'

Throw-in: Scott Wiseman takes it (Attacking)

86'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

86'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

85'

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) Free Kick at 85'

85'

Paul Gallagher commits a foul on Ander Herrera resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

85'

John Welsh clears the ball from danger.

84'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

84'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 84'

84'

Tom Clarke commits a foul on Marouane Fellaini resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

83'

David De Gea makes the save (Catch)

83'

Callum Robinson hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

83'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

82'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

82'

Throw-in: Chris Humphrey takes it (Attacking)

81'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

80'

Kyel Reid hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

80'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

80'

Scott Laird crosses the ball.

80'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

79'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Defending)

79'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Attacking)

78'

John Welsh blocks the shot

78'

Marouane Fellaini hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

78'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 78'

77'

John Welsh commits a foul on Ashley Young resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

77'

Throw-in: Daley Blind takes it (Defending)

77'

Thorsten Stuckmann takes a long goal kick

77'

Ander Herrera hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

75'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Attacking)

75'

Preston North End makes a sub: Scott Wiseman enters for Bailey Wright. Reason: Tactical

75'

Preston North End makes a sub: Kyel Reid enters for Neil Kilkenny. Reason: Tactical

75'

Preston North End makes a sub: Callum Robinson enters for Kevin Davies. Reason: Tactical

74'

Thorsten Stuckmann clears the ball from danger.

74'

Throw-in: Chris Humphrey takes it (Attacking)

72'

1 - 2

Goal!! Marouane Fellaini hits a right footed shot to the upper right corner from the left 6 yard and scores!! Manchester United now leads 2 - 1

72'

Marouane Fellaini hits an impressive right footed shot. Outcome: goal

72'

Thorsten Stuckmann makes the save (Fumble)

72'

Marouane Fellaini hits a good header. Outcome: save

72'

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.

71'

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) Free Kick at 71'

71'

Kevin Davies commits a foul on Chris Smalling resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

70'

Paul Huntington clears the ball from danger.

70'

Bailey Wright clears the ball from danger.

70'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

70'

Paul Gallagher curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

70'

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free Kick at 70'

69'

Marcos Rojo

68'

Marcos Rojo commits a foul on Joe Garner resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

68'

Throw-in: Bailey Wright takes it (Attacking)

68'

Paul Gallagher clears the ball from danger.

68'

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.

68'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 68'

67'

Neil Kilkenny

67'

Neil Kilkenny commits a foul on Ashley Young resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

66'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

66'

Chris Humphrey crosses the ball.

66'

Throw-in: Neil Kilkenny takes it (Attacking)

66'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

66'

Handball called on Marouane Fellaini

66'

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) Free Kick at 66'

65'

1 - 1

Goal!! Ander Herrera hits a left footed shot to the lower left corner from the centre penalty area and scores!! The game is now tied at 1

65'

Ander Herrera hits a left footed shot. Outcome: goal

65'

That last goal was assisted by Ashley Young

65'

Paul Huntington clears the ball from danger.

65'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

64'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Attacking)

64'

Throw-in: Tom Clarke takes it (Attacking)

63'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Defending)

63'

Throw-in: Tom Clarke takes it (Attacking)

63'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

62'

Paul Huntington blocks the shot

62'

Marouane Fellaini hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

62'

Paul Huntington clears the ball from danger.

62'

Ashley Young crosses the ball.

61'

David De Gea makes the save (Other)

61'

Joe Garner hits a good header. Outcome: save

61'

Daley Blind clears the ball from danger.

61'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

61'

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) Free Kick at 61'

61'

Handball called on Marouane Fellaini

61'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Defending)

60'

Thorsten Stuckmann takes a long goal kick

60'

Manchester United makes a sub: Ashley Young enters for Radamel Falcao. Reason: Tactical

59'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

59'

Tom Clarke clears the ball from danger.

59'

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.

58'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

58'

Chris Humphrey crosses the ball.

58'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

58'

Thorsten Stuckmann makes the save (Other)

58'

Ángel Di María hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

58'

Bailey Wright clears the ball from danger.

57'

Ander Herrera crosses the ball.

57'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Attacking)

56'

Tom Clarke clears the ball from danger.

56'

Throw-in: Bailey Wright takes it (Defending)

55'

Luke Shaw crosses the ball.

55'

Throw-in: Bailey Wright takes it (Defending)

54'

Radamel Falcao blocks the shot

54'

John Welsh hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

54'

Paul Gallagher crosses the ball.

54'

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free Kick at 54'

54'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Kevin Davies resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

53'

Thorsten Stuckmann (Preston North End) Free Kick at 53'

53'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Bailey Wright resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

53'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

52'

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free Kick at 52'

52'

Marcos Rojo commits a foul on Kevin Davies resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

51'

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) Free Kick at 51'

51'

Paul Gallagher commits a foul on Marouane Fellaini resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

51'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

51'

Throw-in: Tom Clarke takes it (Attacking)

50'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

49'

Tom Clarke clears the ball from danger.

48'

Scott Laird

47'

1 - 0

Goal!! Scott Laird hits a left footed shot to the upper right corner from the left penalty area and scores!! Preston North End now leads 1 - 0

47'

Scott Laird hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: goal

47'

That last goal was assisted by Joe Garner

47'

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) Free Kick at 47'

47'

Radamel Falcao commits a foul on Bailey Wright resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

47'

Chris Humphrey crosses the ball.

46'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

46'

Scott Laird crosses the ball.

46'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

46'

Thorsten Stuckmann (Preston North End) Free Kick at 46'

46'

Radamel Falcao commits a foul on Paul Huntington resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

46'

The second half is under way

46'+1

Luke Shaw blocks the shot

46'+1

Joe Garner hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

46'+1

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

46'+1

Thorsten Stuckmann (Preston North End) Free Kick at 46'

46'

Wayne Rooney commits a foul on Tom Clarke resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

46'

David De Gea makes the save (Other)

46'

Paul Gallagher hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

46'

Throw-in: Bailey Wright takes it (Defending)

46'

The referee has signaled the end of the first half

45'

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.

44'

Bailey Wright clears the ball from danger.

44'

Luke Shaw crosses the ball.

44'

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) Free Kick at 44'

43'

Offside called on Joe Garner

43'

Daley Blind clears the ball from danger.

40'

Paul Gallagher clears the ball from danger.

40'

Paul Huntington clears the ball from danger.

40'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

40'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Free Kick at 40'

39'

Kevin Davies

39'

Kevin Davies commits a foul on Ander Herrera resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

39'

Bailey Wright blocks the shot

39'

Ángel Di María hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

38'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Free Kick at 38'

38'

Tom Clarke commits a foul on Marouane Fellaini resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

38'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Defending)

37'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

37'

Thorsten Stuckmann takes a long goal kick

34'

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) Free Kick at 34'

34'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on John Welsh resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

34'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

34'

Thorsten Stuckmann takes a long goal kick

33'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

33'

Throw-in: Tom Clarke takes it (Attacking)

32'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

32'

Antonio Valencia clears the ball from danger.

32'

Neil Kilkenny crosses the ball.

32'

Throw-in: Tom Clarke takes it (Attacking)

32'

Throw-in: Tom Clarke takes it (Attacking)

31'

Ander Herrera clears the ball from danger.

29'

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.

29'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 29'

29'

Bailey Wright commits a foul on Radamel Falcao resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

28'

Tom Clarke clears the ball from danger.

28'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

27'

Joe Garner hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

27'

Paul Gallagher crosses the ball.

27'

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free Kick at 27'

27'

Ander Herrera commits a foul on Scott Laird resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

26'

Throw-in: Scott Laird takes it (Attacking)

26'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

25'

Daley Blind clears the ball from danger.

25'

Antonio Valencia clears the ball from danger.

25'

Scott Laird crosses the ball.

25'

Thorsten Stuckmann takes a long goal kick

25'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

25'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Free Kick at 25'

24'

Bailey Wright commits a foul on Marouane Fellaini resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

24'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Free Kick at 24'

24'

Kevin Davies commits a foul on Antonio Valencia resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

23'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

23'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Attacking)

23'

Throw-in: Tom Clarke takes it (Defending)

22'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

22'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

22'

Joe Garner crosses the ball.

22'

Marcos Rojo clears the ball from danger.

21'

Thorsten Stuckmann (Preston North End) Free Kick at 21'

21'

Marouane Fellaini commits a foul on Chris Humphrey resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

21'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 21'

20'

Joe Garner commits a foul on Marcos Rojo resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

20'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

19'

Scott Laird clears the ball from danger.

18'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Defending)

18'

John Welsh blocks the shot

18'

Wayne Rooney hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

18'

Luke Shaw crosses the ball.

17'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Defending)

16'

Bailey Wright clears the ball from danger.

16'

Thorsten Stuckmann takes a long goal kick

15'

Ángel Di María curls a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

15'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Free Kick at 15'

14'

Bailey Wright commits a foul on Radamel Falcao resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

13'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

13'

Throw-in: Chris Humphrey takes it (Attacking)

13'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

12'

Luke Shaw clears the ball from danger.

12'

Paul Gallagher crosses the ball.

12'

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free Kick at 12'

12'

Antonio Valencia commits a foul on Scott Laird resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

11'

Throw-in: Scott Laird takes it (Attacking)

10'

Scott Laird clears the ball from danger.

10'

Chris Smalling clears the ball from danger.

9'

David De Gea makes the save (Other)

9'

Joe Garner hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

8'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 8'

7'

Scott Laird commits a foul on Ander Herrera resulting on a free kick for Manchester United

7'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Attacking)

7'

Throw-in: Antonio Valencia takes it (Attacking)

6'

Bailey Wright clears the ball from danger.

6'

David De Gea takes a long goal kick

6'

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) Free Kick at 6'

5'

Daley Blind commits a foul on Kevin Davies resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

4'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Defending)

4'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 4'

3'

Marcos Rojo commits a foul on Kevin Davies resulting on a free kick for Preston North End

3'

Bailey Wright clears the ball from danger.

3'

Ángel Di María crosses the ball.

3'

Scott Laird clears the ball from danger.

2'

Tom Clarke clears the ball from danger.

2'

Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.

1'

Throw-in: Luke Shaw takes it (Attacking)

1'

Game on!

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Possession

33%
67%
  • Preston North End
  • Manchester United

Shots

14
13

Shots on target

7
6

Fouls

16
13

Corners

0
0

Yellow Cards

4
1

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

Preston NE1 - 3Man United
Preston NE2 - 4Man United
Man United1 - 0Preston NE
Man United1 - 1Preston NE
Preston NE4 - 0Man United
Preston NE3 - 4Man United

Preston NE

  • 21Thorsten Stuckmann
  • 5Tom Clarke
  • 6Bailey Wright
  • -> Scott Wiseman
  • 23Paul Huntington
  • 3Scott Laird
  • 19John Welsh
  • 8Neil Kilkenny
  • -> Kyel Reid
  • 7Chris Humphrey
  • 12Paul Gallagher
  • 9Kevin Davies
  • -> Callum Robinson
  • 14Joe Garner
  • Subs
  • 30Josh Brownhill
  • 22Jack King
  • 35Matthew Hudson
  • 40Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Man United

  • 1David De Gea
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • 25Antonio Valencia
  • 3Luke Shaw
  • 5Marcos Rojo
  • 21Ander Herrera
  • 7Ángel Di María
  • 31Marouane Fellaini
  • 17Daley Blind
  • 9Radamel Falcao
  • -> Ashley Young
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • Subs
  • 32Victor Valdés
  • 8Juan Mata
  • 33Patrick McNair
  • 49James Wilson
  • 6Jonathan Evans
  • 11Adnan Januzaj

United fight back for Preston win

Wayne Rooney ended his goal drought as Manchester United came from behind to beat Preston and set up a mouth-watering FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.

After watching Bradford take their second Premier League scalp of the competition on Sunday, United were wary of falling victim to another upset and they feared the worst when Scott Laird put Preston ahead.

But luckily for United manager Louis van Gaal, Ander Herrera equalised soon after and Marouane Fellaini poked home before Rooney scored a late penalty to give the Red Devils a 3-1 win.

Rooney, starting up front rather than in the midfield role he has occupied of late, looked threatening in the first half, working the channels, but was unable to test Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann.

Rooney was not the only guilty party. Radamel Falcao put in yet another poor display and it did not come as a surprise when he was substituted for Ashley Young on the hour.

Van Gaal's substitution proved crucial as Young set up Herrera for the equaliser.

Fellaini, who was pushed up front following Falcao's removal, then poked in from close range after a brave save from Stuckmann.

And then Rooney ended his seven-and-a-half week wait for a goal when he tucked away a penalty after being brought down in the box on a United break.

The display against League One opposition will have done little to silence Van Gaal's critics, but the Dutchman will not care.

His team are now one step closer to ending the first year of his stewardship with a trophy - one that United have not won in 11 years.

Just a few days after intimating that Rooney would continue playing in midfield, Van Gaal took everyone by surprise by deploying his captain up front alongside Falcao.

Rooney looked determined to make an impression by making darting runs behind the North End back four.

Angel di Maria sensed as much, but an early attempt to play the skipper in failed as his pass was too heavy.

A brief moment of panic occurred when Daley Blind slipped on to his backside when shepherding a ball across the back four, but other than that United looked settled.

Joe Garner went down in the box following a nudge by Chris Smalling, but referee Phil Dowd waved play on.

Di Maria looked the most likely source of inspiration for United. The home fans held their breath as the B£59.7million man curled a free-kick up and over the wall but, much to their relief, the attempt flew just wide.

John Welsh gave the Argentinian a reminder he was at a League One ground when he put in a crunching tackle to dispossess the 27-year-old.

Welsh, a Liverpool fan who came through the Academy at Anfield, then dived in to deny Rooney with a crucial block after some good work down the left by Luke Shaw.

United's tempo was much better than it had been in recent weeks and they moved from defence to attack quickly. Di Maria continued to dazzle, beating three Preston players with a run from deep.

But more often than not, the final ball from United was poor. Di Maria's diagonal pass to Falcao was too heavy, Blind was guilty of the same thing and Rooney inexplicably fired a 40-yard pass straight out of play.

Luckily for United, Preston offered little going forward either. Their main chances before the break came when Garner headed over and Paul Gallagher fired a low shot at David de Gea.

Two minutes after the restart, the Preston fans got the dream goal they had wished for.

Laird ran on to Garner's incisive pass and fired an early shot that squeezed past De Gea via the toe of Antonio Valencia.

Laird was booked for his frenzied celebration and a pyrotechnic went off among the home fans.

Tom Clarke came close to raising the Deepdale roof moments later, but he could not get a clean connection on a close-range volley.

Van Gaal replaced Falcao with Young, who moved out to the left wing.

United instantly looked more threatening with two wingers on the pitch and Young provided the assist for the equaliser.

The former Aston Villa man found Herrera, who fired a powerful shot past Stuckmann and in off the post.

Preston desperately tried to cling on for a money-spinning replay, but Fellaini struck to put the visitors ahead for the first time.

Valencia swung in a deep cross to find Fellaini. The Belgian's first effort was blocked by Stuckmann but he stabbed the ball in at the second attempt.

And the result was put beyond doubt when Rooney raced on to a through ball and was brought down by Stuckmann.

The England captain got to his feet and banged the ball past the North End goalkeeper to seal United's progression to the last eight.




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