Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Red Devils Relieved as Lilywhites Prove Hard to Shake Off

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Red Devils Relieved as Lilywhites Prove Hard to Shake Off

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PRESTON 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3 the Deepdale roof moments later, but he could not get a clean connection on a close-range volley.

Van Gaal replaced Falcao with Young. United instantly looked more threatening with two wingers on the pitch and Young provided the assist for the equaliser. The former Aston Villa man found Herrera, who fired a powerful shot past Stuckmann.

Preston desperately tried to cling on for a money-spinning replay, but Fellaini struck to put the visitors ahead for the first time.

Valencia swung in a deep cross to find the Belgian, whose first effort was blocked by Stuckmann but he stabbed the ball in at the second attempt.

And the result was put beyond doubt when Rooney raced on to a through ball and was brought down by Stuckmann.

The England captain got to his feet and banged the ball past the North End goalkeeper to seal United's progression to the last eight.

MATCH FACTS PRESTON: Stuckmann, Clarke, Huntington, Wright (Wiseman 75) Humphrey, Kilkenny (Reid 75), Welsh, Gallagher, Laird Kevin Davies (Robinson 75), Garner. Subs (not used): King, Brownhill, Hudson, Ebanks-Blake.

Booked: Kevin Davies, Laird, Kilkenny, Stuckmann. Goals: Laird 47.

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Ander Herrera Di Maria, Fellaini, Falcao (Young 60), Rooney. Subs (not used): Evans, Mata, Januzaj, Valdes, McNair, Wilson.

Booked: Rojo. Goals: Ander Herrera 65, Fellaini 72, Rooney 88 pen. Attendance: 21, 348 Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

box on a United break. Just a few days after intimating that Rooney would continue playing in midfield, Van Gaal took everyone by surprise by deploying his captain up front alongside Falcao.

A brief moment of panic occurred when Daley Blind slipped on to his backside when shepherding a ball across the back four, but other than that United looked settled. …

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