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FA CUP: United to play Shrewsbury at home

Emirates FA Cup second round draw opponents confirmed

8 November 2021

Following the first-round victory over Horsham at Brunton Park on Saturday the Blues have been drawn to face League One side Shrewsbury Town at home in the second round of this season's Emirates FA Cup competition.

The Shrews overcame an early shock to the system against Sourthern League Premier side Stratford Town at the weekend to bounce back with a five-goal salvo which brushed aside any fears of a major upset.

Former United graduate Ryan Bowman - who has netted five goals in his last three outings - bagged a brace to set his team on their way, and the minnows were crushed as the goals continued to flow through the second half. 

Also at the New Meadow is Sam Cosgrove, on-loan from Birmingham City, who has scored twice in his 15 appearances so far this season.

Boss Keith Millen said: "You always want a home tie in any cup competition and I'm pleased for our fans that we have another one to look forward to.

"Shrewsbury are a League One side and we have to be respectful of that, but they'll know that they'll be in for a game when they come up here.

"It's a club and a team I know a little bit about, and they have some good players who will be disappointed with their current league position.

"I also know Steve Cotterill well, he was at Bristol City, and he's a good manager. We were all thinking about him when he was really ill with Covid, and it's good that he appears to be through that now.

"Aaron Wilbraham is another I'm looking forward to catching up with again. I worked with him at Palace, he's another good man, and he's Steve's assistant now.

"They'll bring their team here to win, but that's the same for us. It doesn't matter how well you know someone once the whistle goes, it's about doing what you need to do to progress.

"We'll certainly do our homework and hopefully we'll bring more FA Cup excitement for our supporters, who were absolutely magnificent on Saturday.

"Obviously we have plenty of football between now and then, and the aim will be to do things properly so that we can start to build up the momentum, belief and confidence that we all want to see."

The tie will be played across the weekend of 4/5 December. 

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