The FA Cup weekend kicks off on Friday evening from Old Trafford, as Manchester United welcome Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough to the Theatre of Dreams. It’s the 12th time that the two sides have been drawn against each other in the competition, with Boro looking to claim victory for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
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Manchester United will be looking to end their dry spell without a trophy in the FA Cup this season. The competition gives them their most realistic chance of silverware this term, and they will be clear favourites to progress through to the next round of the competition against their Championship rivals.
United have been excellent in the FA Cup in home games against teams from lower the Premier League. They have won 28 of the previous 31 games at Old Trafford in the competitions against teams from the Championship or below, with only one defeat being suffered.
That includes victories in their previous eight without conceding. Scott McTominay has been the main man for United in the competition, as he has scored three of their previous eight goals. That also includes the Scot’s goal against Aston Villa to pick up a 1-0 win in the previous round.
The visitors will be looking for a fourth win in 12 cup ties against Manchester United this weekend. Recent history also doesn’t favour their chances, as Boro have beaten Premier League opposition just once in the previous ten attempts, with that success coming against Manchester City in the 2014-15 campaign.
Boro played out a captivating fixture in the third round, as they needed an own goal in the 95th minute to get past Mansfield Town. The Championship side had led 2-0 in that game after 15 minutes, but allowed the League Two side to level the scores in the second half.
Manchester United vs Middlesbrough Head to Head
Middlesbrough last victory against Manchester United came in October 2005, as they claimed a famous 4-1 win. However, United has dominated since that defeat, as they are unbeaten in 13. During that run, the Red Devils have picked up eight wins.
Manchester United vs Middlesbrough Prediction
The Red Devils look like the sensible pick in this fixture, as Ralf Rangnick looks to deliver a piece of silverware during his short stint in charge of the club. Boro will make life hard for United, but we fancy the hosts chances of picking up a 2-0 success at Old Trafford.
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