IT’S David v Goliath in the FA Cup tonight and if the giants are slayed it will be the end for Louis van Gaal.
The Man United boss is on his way out anyway and for many the last straw was an abysmal 2-2 defeat at Midtjylland in the Europa League four days ago.
At least the Reds have a second chance to put that right but first of all League One strugglers Shrewsbury have to be negotiated at New Meadow tonight.
And while some will have doubts about United, who are without 14 players including David de Gea and Wayne Rooney, the difference in class should come to the fore. The only new absentee is Scots kid Donald Love who is cup-tied.
Van Gaal is undefeated in his four away FA Cup outings, winning three, and his side have lost just one of their last 45 ties to lower-league opponents. But defeats in Denmark at Sunderland obviously cast some doubts.
Micky Mellon’s Shrews have lost four of their last seven League One matches and are without a win at home since October.
So I’m going to have to side with United but where’s the value? If you can’t bring yourself to take 2-5 what about under 2.5 match goals at 21-20 with bet365 and Coral as van Gaal’s side are hardly prolific in front of goal.
I expect United to be a stronger side than they did in Denmark and if Anthony Martial starts take him to score at 4-3 with 888sport. His pace and power could terrify the minnows.
If you prefer to side with Shrewsbury – and many will – they are a best 9-1 at bet365 and McBookie while a draw pays 7-4 with the same firm. Not to lose the Shrews are 1-5 at McBookie and Coral and just to score you can have evens at Coral.
Man Utd -1
Under 2.5 match goals
Martial to score