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Team news and stats ahead of Tranmere vs Man Utd in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is focused on the FA Cup fourth round trip to Tranmere despite the growing pressure at Old Trafford.
Axel Tuanzebe won’t return until after the winter break, but Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are in line to start. Scott McTominay (knee), Paul Pogba (ankle), Marcus Rashford (back) and Marcos Rojo are all definitely out, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah is stepping up his fitness.
Solskjaer said: “The opposition is the opposition no matter what. We have to concentrate and get our own house in order, be ready for the game ourselves.
“We’ll look again at it today but I don’t think you want to fill the players’ heads too early with the next game all the time.”
The playing surface at Prenton Park will also present an additional challenge, with large areas of the pitch sanded over due to recent heavy rainfall.
Ollie Banks, Mark Ellis and Evan Gumbs remain out of contention while Calum Woods could return for Tranmere.
“We will give it everything we have got,” said Rovers boss Micky Mellon. “There is no doubt we will be up against a good side.
“We have to go out there and understand that is what will come here. They are an unbelievable football club and we are a League One club, at the bottom end of League One, but we are going to give it everything we’ve got.
“We will try to represent the club again and the players will run their socks off again and who knows?”
- This will be the first-ever FA Cup meeting between Tranmere Rovers and Manchester United, with the two clubs’ only previous contest in any competition coming in the 1976-77 League Cup second round; the Red Devils won 5-0 at Old Trafford.
- Since the Premier League began in 1992-93, no club to have never played in the competition has eliminated more sides from the division from the FA Cup than Tranmere Rovers (seven, level with Millwall). They are looking to eliminate two Premier League clubs from the same FA Cup campaign for the first time since the 2000-01 season, when they knocked out Everton and Southampton.
- Manchester United have lost just one of their last 52 FA Cup matches against sides from outside of the top-flight (W44 D7), a 0-1 reverse at home to League One side Leeds United in the 2009-10 third round.
- Tranmere Rovers have reached the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 2003-04 season when they eventually reached the quarter-final. They have progressed from each of their last five fourth-round ties, last bowing out at this stage in 1994-95 against Wimbledon.
- Manchester United have progressed from 14 of their last 15 FA Cup fourth round ties, with the exception in this run a 2-1 away defeat at Liverpool in 2011-12.
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Source : Sky Sports