Manchester United have been handed an easy draw in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, traveling to Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury Town
The Reds beat Derby County in a Friday night fixture to open Fourth Round weekend. Captain Wayne Rooney edged closer to Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record at United with the opener, before Daley Blind and Juan Mata both netted in the second half in a much-improved performance for a 3-1 victory.
In the third round, United beat Sheffield United in a very nervy game at Old Trafford, Rooney scoring a penalty in added time for an undeserved win.
Despite winning the cup on 11 occasions, only fewer than Arsenal with 12, United haven’t won the competition in 12 years now, since a 2004 victory against Millwall.
A cup run would certainly appease some United fans who are putting huge pressure on manager Louis van Gaal’s back, booing him off at every home game.
Van Gaal guided United to the quarter-final last year, but were knocked out by eventual winners Arsenal. Former-United striker Danny Welbeck scored on hi return to Old Trafford, with Angel di Maria sent off after grabbing hold of the referee.
Shrewsbury beat Sheffield Wednesday in a dramatic fourth round tie, eventually coming out 3-2 winners at their home New Meadow.
United have never faced Shrewsbury competitively but will be hoping to get off to a good start against their 214th competitive opponent. They played each other at New Meadow in a friendly in 2000.
They have had an inconsistent year in League One, being thrashed 7-1 by Chesterfield in early January before a good win against league leaders Burton Albion . They now sit in 20th, just above the relegation in England’s third tier.
An away draw may be a blessing for United, who have struggled at home in all competitions, performing incredibly defensively at Old Trafford and frustrating fans.
The tie will be played between February 19th and February 22nd.