All eyes will turn to Rodney Parade as Newport County, a League Two team, aims to cause an upset against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round. Graham Coughlan’s squad secured this opportunity by defeating Eastleigh 3-1 in a third-round replay.
Newport, currently the second-lowest ranked team in the 2023-24 FA Cup, progressed through earlier rounds against Oldham Athletic and Barnet. In the third round, they faced Eastleigh, ultimately triumphing with goals from Wildig, Clarke, and Evans.
Having competed in the fourth round eight times before, Newport hopes to advance further this time. Their recent form includes a surprising 1-0 victory over Wrexham in League Two, extending their winning streak to three matches and an unbeaten run of seven games.
Despite Manchester United’s struggles in the 2023-24 season, the FA Cup remains a crucial competition for them.
The Red Devils secured a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the third round but faced criticism for the performance. Their upcoming match at Rodney Parade could intensify scrutiny on Erik ten Hag if they fail to win.
Man United’s recent away form has been inconsistent, with only two wins in their last eight contests. However, their strong track record in the FA Cup against lower-tier teams, combined with their unbeaten away streak, makes them formidable opponents.
Newport County enters the match with a relatively healthy squad. Wing-back Adam Lewis, who left the previous game at half time, is cleared to start.
Defensive absentees include Seberry and Drysdale, while Jameson and Zanzala will undergo assessments. The team is likely to adopt a conservative 5-3-2 formation.
Manchester United faces challenges with injuries and absences. Anthony Martial is sidelined for 10 weeks, while Amrabat and Onana are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Possible Starting Lineups
Newport County: (4-3-3)
McLoughlin, Delaney, Clarke, Bennett, Lewis;
Morris, Charsley, Wildig;
Manchester United: (4-2-3-1)
Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Kambwala, Dalot;
Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho;
Prediction: Newport County 0-3 Manchester United
Considering Newport County’s resilience and home advantage, they may pose a challenge. However, with Manchester United fielding a strong lineup, the prediction is a 3-0 victory for Manchester United.