English Premiership

Preston out to shock United

2015-02-12 14:22
Wayne Rooney (AP)

London - Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has already masterminded a famous FA Cup victory against Manchester United and will hope to do it again when they visit his League One side in the fifth round on Monday.

Grayson was in charge of Leeds United, then a third tier side themselves, when they won 1-0 at Old Trafford in 2010 to become the first lower league opposition to beat an Alex Ferguson-led United team in the third round.

After a fourth round in which the FA Cup rekindled its old magic with the exits of the Premier League leaders Chelsea and champions Manchester City to lower league opponents, the Preston boss wants to use his previous experience of conquering 11-times winners United to do it again.

A win for his third tier side, who won the FA Cup in 1889, when they won also won the Double in the first season of the Football League, and again in 1938 when they beat Sunderland with a penalty in the last minute of extra time, would end Louis van Gaal's best hope of his first trophy as United manager, with the league seemingly out of reach.

Preston and United were regular opponents until 1961 when Preston lost their top flight status and Grayson hopes their first meeting since United beat Preston in the FA Cup 43 years ago will be as memorable for him as that victory over Leeds was five years ago.

"It was a fantastic occasion that day," Grayson said. "This is a different United team but one we will look forward to playing.

"The football club deserves it, because we have not had any ties like this over the last few years.

"I'm sure Deepdale will be full and it's a massive boost for us. The profile of the game makes it a fantastic attraction."


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