Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon claims his side can beat Manchester United if they stick to his game-plan.
Louis van Gaal is under increasing pressure after the 2-1 defeat to FC Midtjylland and a loss to the League One side could lose him his job at Old Trafford.
The Shrews host Man United at the New Meadow Stadium for the first time in their history in Monday’s fifth-round Europa League fixture and Mellon believes he knows how to trouble the Dutchman’s side.
He said: “If I said we are going to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United, match them right up, hit possession in the final third and pin them right back, they’ll think I’m bananas.
“We have to be realistic and say in every game you have a chance, we have to work hard on making that chance bigger.”
It’s a sad state of affairs that Shrewsbury will genuinely be confident about getting a result against Man United tonight because that’s much we’ve lost our fear factor. Even a League One side thinks they’ve got a chance against and they are right to.
Losing to FC Midtjylland was a low point for van Gaal at United but with games against Shrewsbury and the Midtjylland return leg coming, there is potential for it to get much worse within the space of the next four days.
Not beating Shrewsbury tonight is out of the equation as far as fans are concerned but there have been too many occasions this season where we’ve been really let down by United’s poor performances. Hopefully tonight won’t be another one of those occasions.