MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United v Middlesbrough (FA Cup)

Manchester United kick off an exciting-looking weekend of Emirates FA Cup fourth-round ties on Friday, when we host Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.

Since a 4-1 defeat at the Riverside Stadium in October 2005, Manchester United have remained unbeaten in their last 13 matches with Middlesbrough across all competitions (W8 D5), with their last meeting coming in March 2017.

Middlesbrough have been drawn with Manchester United for the 11th time in the FA Cup, more often than any other opponent. They’ve progressed from three of the other 10 ties, most recently in 2001-02 during their run to the semi-finals.

Manchester United have won 28 of their last 31 home FA Cup matches against sides from a lower division (D2 L1), including each of their last eight without conceding a goal.

Manchester United Team News:

Paul Pogba may be in line to play for the first time since November, with the France international recently having returned to training following a thigh injury. Ralf Rangnick will also hope to be able to select Aaron Wan-Bissaka (illness) and Luke Shaw (injury) once more, while Jadon Sancho and Victor Lindelof both missed the win over West Ham for personal reasons. Eric Bailly and Hannibal should be in contention to figure in February after Ivory Coast and Tunisia were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations, but we expect the German to provide an update on his squad in Thursday’s press conference.

Alex Telles, Fred and Edinson Cavani have been in South America in World Cup qualifying action.

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