Manchester United have won their last 45 FA Cup games against lower-league opposition ahead of Monday night’s fifth-round tie at Shrewsbury.
David de Gea is the latest player added to Manchester United’s lengthy injury list, with Louis van Gaal facing the prospect of being without 14 first-teamers for the game.
De Gea was set for a scan on Friday after he sustained a knee injury in the warm-up for the previous night’s Europa League defeat at FC Midtjylland.
United have also lost Wayne Rooney (knee), Marouane Fellaini (muscle injury), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (illness) and Matteo Darmian (shoulder) in the last few days, while defender Donald Love – newly promoted to the first-team fold of late due to the depleted numbers – is cup-tied.
Kick-off at the New Meadow on Monday is at 7.45pm.
Manchester United have lost just one of their last 45 FA Cup games against lower-league opposition, falling at home to Leeds United in January 2010 (W37 D7).
Shrewsbury have won five and lost 14 of their 23 matches against top-flight opposition in the FA Cup.
Shrewsbury’s last victory over Premier League opposition came back in 2003 versus Everton at home (2-1 in round three).
Manchester United have scored 19 goals in their last eight games against third-tier opposition in the FA Cup – at an average of 2.4 goals per game.
Manchester United have won their last six FA Cup fifth-round ties.
All six of Shrewsbury’s goals scored in the FA Cup this season have come in the second half of their games.
The Shrews have kept five clean sheets in their last seven FA Cup games (W5 D1 L1).