Yeovil Town vs Manchester United - FA Cup Third Round preview

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The FA Cup has seen many a giant-killing over the years and as League One outfit Yeovil Town host Manchester United on Sunday – the potential is there for yet another.

Yeovil come into the game on a terrible run of form, having lost their last three League One outings to sit bottom of the table. In Contrast, the Red Devils are now unbeaten in ten games following their 1-1 draw away to Stoke City on New Year’s Day.

However, Glovers boss Gary Johnson has pledged his players will not be starstruck by their opponents, and will be looking to give a good account of themselves in-front of the TV cameras at Huish Park.

"Being starstruck by Manchester United is a concern and you can't stop human nature," he told reporters.

“This is a one-off game, which some of the lads aren't going to have again. I'm sure they will think: 'Can I get Wayne Rooney's boots?' You know that's going to happen.

"We don't want to play for a draw against them and get beat and wish we'd gone for it. We need to be trying to win. We aren't going to put 11 men in the box because United would find space anyway.

The visitors suffered another blow to their current injury crisis as Ashley Young limped off against Stoke with a hamstring issue. Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, and Marouane Fellaini are also sidelined, but Angel di Maria could return to make his debut in the competition.

This tie ends a run of nine consecutive FA Cup draws where United have been paired with fellow top-flight opposition. Louis van Gaal's side have only lost one of their last 39 FA Cup games against lower league teams (W32 D6 L1).

Previous meetings

The sides have met twice before in the FA Cup, with the Red Devils winning 3-0 in 1938 and 8-0 in 1949.

Despite the shock Capital One Cup exit at the hands of MK Dons earlier in the season, there is a feeling that Manchester United are making steady progress and they should easily have enough quality to win this clash comfortably on Sunday.

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