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Louis van Gaal faces the prospect of having 14 Manchester United first-team players unavailable for Mondays FA Cup fifth-round trip to Shrewsbury. Goalkeeper David de Gea had a scan on Friday after he sustained a knee injury in the warm-up in the 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 due to the depleted numbers - is cup-tied. Wayne Rooney is out for up to six weeks with a knee injury Paul Mersons predictionThis will be a hard, hard, game for Manchester United, especially with no Wayne Rooney.His absence worries me. This is a proper FA Cup tie - Shrewsbury will make it that way. Theyll need to mix it up. Anthony Martial and some of the other young kids wont know what day it is going to Shrewsbury. Theyve had a very tough trip to FC Midtjylland on Thursday in a competition which is their only chance of qualifying for the Champions League. Paul Merson gives his thoughts on Manchester Uniteds FA Cup trip to face Shrewsbury However, the cream always comes to the top. I know they had a bad result at Sunderland, but United have been playing alright recently.The advantage United have is that this game wont be at Gay Meadow. Shrewsburys new ground, New Meadow, is a nice stadium. Ive been there - its a nice place to play football. Thats why you dont get too many big shocks anymore. The pitch will be good - as will the facilities. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (Sky Bet odds 10/1) Born and bred Liverpool fan Andy Mangan is hoping to help Shrewsbury knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup Opta statsThe Red Devils have lost just one of their last 45 FA Cup games against lower-league opposition, falling at home to Leeds in January 2010 (W37 D7).Shrewsbury have won five and lost 14 of their 23 matches against top flight opposition in the FA Cup. FC Midtjyllands players celebrated in style following their 2-1 win over United Shrewsburys last victory over Premier League opposition came back in 2003 versus Everton at home (2-1 in Round 3).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. Steve Bruce has backed his old club Manchester United to come through Shrewsbury have won all of their previous three FA Cup games; they havent won four consecutively in the competition since the 1990/1991 season (excl. penalties).Manchester United have won the last six FA Cup fifth round ties that they have been involved in.All six of Shrewsburys goals scored in the FA Cup this season have come in the second half of their games. Highlights of Shrewsburys 3-2 win at Blackpool in League 1 last Saturday Rooney has scored in all of Manchester Uniteds previous four FA cup games, though half of those have been notched from the penalty spot.The Shrews have kept five clean sheets in their last seven FA Cup games (W5 D1 L1). Betting Van Gaal is odds-on in the sack race Manchester United are odds-on to book a place in the last eight of the FA Cup against Shrewsbury. Pressure continues to mount on United boss Van Gaal, who is odds-on favourite with Sky Bet to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. United remain 9/2 second favourites to win the Cup with Shrewsbury 500/1 outsiders. Check out tips from our Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson here. Cheap NFL Jerseys China .com) - Yankee Stadium is the home of the Bronx Bombers, but on Sunday afternoon it will open its gates to host the latest addition of the Hudson River Rivalry. Wholesale Jerseys . With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota. http://www.wholesalejerseyssundaynfl.com/ . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. Cheap NFL Jerseys . The players spoke Jan. 13 during a Major League Baseball Players Association conference call after Rodriguez sued the union and Major League Baseball to overturn an arbitrators decision suspending him for the 2014 season and post-season. Soccer Jerseys China . The players spoke Jan. 13 during a Major League Baseball Players Association conference call after Rodriguez sued the union and Major League Baseball to overturn an arbitrators decision suspending him for the 2014 season and post-season. Australian rugby is on its knees, with the Wallabies out to avoid a soul-destroying record-equalling seventh straight defeat when they host the Springboks in Brisbane. Having barely fired an attacking shot in two heavy defeats by the All Blacks, missed 40 and 30 tackles in Sydney and Wellington respectively, and won just over half off of their lineout ball, Michael Cheikas side are well down on confidence and form in almost every aspect of the game. Injuries to Matt Giteau, Matt Toomua and Rob Horne certainly havent helped the situation, while Cheikas persistence with the Pooper back-row combination is the hot selection topic, drawing impassioned responses from Wallabies greats Nathan Sharpe and Toutai Kefu.Its hardly sunshine and rainbows in the Springboks camp, though. Coach Allister Coetzee has made a 3-2 start to his tenure, most recently splitting a pair of Tests with the Pumas in what were tight encounters. Coetzee is trying to develop South Africas game from the one-dimensional 10-man style of his predecessor Heyneke Meyer, and has entrusted Lions halves pairing Faf de Klerk and Elton Jantjies to run the show. But they still remain a huge force up front, with locks Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager, and back-rowers Francois Louw and Warren Whiteley, all capable of wreaking further havoc on Australias lineout.Team newsAustraliaCheika has stuck to his guns in retaining Hooper and Pocock in the back-row, but he has sprung a surprise at blindside with the selection of Dean Mumm. That sees Scott Fardy once again dropped from the side, with the pack otherwise unchanged from Wellington. There is just one change to the backline, too, with Reece Hodge set to earn just his second cap after Adam Ashley-Cooper was called back to French club Bordeaux.Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Reece Hodge , Quade Cooper , Will Genia , David Pocock Michael Hooper , Dean Mumm , Adam Coleman , Kane Douglas, Sekope Kepu , Stephen Moore (captain), Scott Sio Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Lopeti Timani, Sean McMahon, Nick Phipps, Tevita Kuridrani, Drew Mitchell (One to be omitted).South AfricaThe Springboks will field a new centre combination with Juan de Jongh and Jesse Kriel replacing Damian de Allende and Lionel Mapoe at No. 12 and No. 13 respectively. Kriel, 22, scored a try on his Test debut in Brisbane last year while Coetzee has opted for another strike weapon on the wing in the form of the versatile Francois Hougaard. Up front, prop Lourens Adriaanse is the only change to the pack.Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Jesse Kriel, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk; Warren Whiteley, Oupa Mahoje, Francois Louw, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Tendai Mtawarira. Reserves: Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff, Trevor Nyakane, Franco Mostert, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jaco Kriel, Morne Steyn, Lionel Mapoe.Key match-up: Dean Mumm vs. Francois LouwThere is little left to discuss when it comes to the Wallabies lineout, with opinions seemingly split three wways as to whether the problem lies with Stephen Moores throwing, the lock combination itself or the Pooper setup in the back-row.dddddddddddd Whatever the case, Cheika is banking on Mumms ability to right the horrors from the Bledisloe Cup and ensure the Wallabies lineout is up around the 90 percent mark, rather than 65. It will want to be, as Mumm is struggling to have much of an impact around the park nowadays and doesnt carry the ball-running frame of opposite number Louw.While Louw wears the No. 6 on his back, he is more of a 6 ? with Coetzee relying on him to offer a similar ball-poaching threat to openside Oupa Mahoje. But its with ball in hand where the Bath man does most of his damage. Louws 1.90m and 115kg frame make him an imposing ball carrier and an often brutal defender, and in a real concern for the Wallabies, he completes a four-man lineout threat, too.Key stats (Opta Stats)Overall, the Wallabies have won eight of their nine games against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium, including their biggest ever victory over the Springboks in July 2006 (49-0).Bryan Habanas try against Argentina meant he overtook David Campese (64) as the top try scorer for any Tier One nation and he sits just four tries behind Daisuke Ohata (69) as the top international try scorer in history.David Pocock has won five turnovers in the competition so far, two more than any other player.WeatherBrisbane is headed for a cloudy Saturday with a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. It could be a rather uncomfortable, sweaty environment come kick-off.UBET verdict: The Wallabies opened as favourites at $1.62, and while their form suggests they shouldnt be that short, the early money has in fact been for South Africa. The Wallabies are coming off two humiliating losses to New Zealand while South Africa were fortunate to score a late converted try at home to beat the Pumas 30-23 before losing in Argentina a week later. This Saturday they meet at Suncorp in Brisbane, where they met last year during the Rugby Championship; on that occasion the Wallabies got home 24-20. Interesting match. The Wallabies will be desperate for a win to appease the critics, but the punters are saying they may have their work cut out.PredictionThis match could be decided in the opening 10 minutes, such will be the importance of the opening few lineouts. If Australia lose a couple of early balls on their own throw, then it could well be another long night -- one which ends in a disastrous seventh straight defeat. If, however, they can win their own set-piece, and if they have fixed the defensive woes from the Bledisloe Cup, then Hooper and Pocock may start to resemble the combination that was so effective in England last year. Will Genia has been in superb form. If Quade Cooper can free up Israel Folau, and Australia are able to contain the Springboks midfield threat, then Wallabies fans should finally breathe a sigh of relief late Saturday night.Australia by one. ' ' '

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