Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United: FA Cup Fifth Round – Match Preview

Manchester United travel to face Blackburn Rovers in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Blackburn are struggling domestically and a 2-1 defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek leaves them in the Championship drop zone.

They have beaten Queens Park Rangers and Blackpool on route to the last 16 of the FA Cup.

United hit two the Championship pair of Reading and Wigan Athletic for four in the previous rounds of the competition.

On Thursday they took a giant step towards Europa League qualification after a 3-0 home leg victory over Saint Etienne.

Enhanced match odds

Manchester United to beat Blackburn Rovers: 6/1 with Paddy Power*

Form guide: Blackburn Rovers W2 D1 L2; Manchester United W4 D1 L0
2016/17 top scorers
Blackburn Rovers – Danny Graham & Sam Gallagher 11 goals each
Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic 23 goals

Match history
The pair haven’t met since 2012, with United winning 2-0 at Ewood Park, with Antonio Valencia among the goalscorers.

Last five meetings (All Premier League)
Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester United 2 – 02/04/12
Manchester United 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 – 31/12/11
Blackburn Rovers 1 Manchester United 1 – 14/05/11
Manchester United 7 Blackburn Rovers 1 – 27/11/10
Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester United 0 – 11/04/10

Manchester United to nil – 6/5 with Paddy Power

Team news
Hope Akpan is suspended after being sent off towards the end of their 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Joint top goalscorer Sam Gallagher is likely to miss out with an injury sustained in the same fixture.

United will rotate their squad here, with the likes of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard set to start.

Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly are banned for the second leg of their Europa League tie with Etienne so should be involved.

Expected starting XI’s
Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2): Steele; Nyambe, Leninham, Mulgrew, Williams; Feeney, Lowe, Guthrie, Conway; Graham, Emnes
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera; Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Lingard; Rashford

Predictions

Result: Manchester United (6/1 with Paddy Power)*

Correct Score: 0-2 (13/2 with 888 Sport)

Anytime Goalscorer: Jesse Lingard (11/4 with Stan James)

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