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FA Cup: 3 Things to Look Forward to as Manchester United Travel to Tranmere Rovers

Manchester United are set to face off against Tranmere in what should be a routine win in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.


The 12-time Cup champions will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday's chastening 2-0 home defeat to Burnley on what is their first ever trip to Prenton Park, whereas Tranmere go into the game off the back of an upset against Watford on Thursday night.


United have been stretched thin and have had to play either through injuries or through fatigue so what is meant to be an easy game against Tranmere represents a good chance to give some much-needed rest to some players.


Here are the three things to look forward to as Manchester United travel to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup.

3. Where can United's goals come from?


Manchester United are yet to score a goal since Marcus Rashford's injury was announced, and one would think Anthony Martial would step up to the task but he's failed to create anything substantial in the last couple of games. 


Mason Greenwood is expected to start in an effort to end that drought, and he could be joined in the starting XI by fellow youngsters Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong. United would be looking to Juan Mata to help them some creativity after the Spaniard often found himself left on the bench. 


Mata has started both of United’s FA Cup games so far this season, scoring the only goal of the replay against Wolves to set up this tie.

2. Can Tranmere spring a surprise?


Paul Mullin, who scored home and away against Watford including the extra-time winner on Thursday, will hope to have done enough to earn a starting role this time around. Connor Jennings will be expected to lead the line, and while fatigue might play a role, the home side will need him to build on his one FA Cup goal so far this season.


Jennings has already scored against a United side this season, netting in Tranmere’s EFL Trophy win over United's U-23 squad back in December. Tranmere who haven’t been great in League One and sit in the relegation zone after 25 games, will be hoping a victory against the Red Devils might help bring their season back to life.

1. Ole needs the win


A first home loss at the hands of Burnley since 1962 felt like the final straw for a lot of United fans, who voiced their displeasure at the way the club has been run in recent years before evacuating Old Trafford before full time. 


It was just a week ago that United were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool on Merseyside and, while that result offered more positives than defeat by the same scoreline against Burnley, it does leave United facing the prospect of losing three games in a row for the first time since April.


Questions have been asked of the players and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has lost more league games than he has won since his permanent appointment last March and another defeat away to a struggling League One outfit this weekend would pile a huge amount of extra pressure on his shoulders.