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Shrewsbury suffer defeat against Manchester United

Shrewsbury Town host Manchester United in the FA Cup tonight. Credit: ITV News Central

It was the biggest game in Shrewsbury Town's history this evening as they hosted Manchester United but they suffered a 3-0 defeat against the Premier League giants.

They took the lead after half an hour when Chris Smalling volleyed in and the visitors scored again in first half added time with a free kick from Juan Mata.

They made sure of the result in the second half with another goal from Jesse Lingaard.

Abu Agogo had the Shrews' best chance with a free header late on but they could not find a response to Louis Van Gaal's men.

Shrewsbury now turn their attentions to avoiding relegation from League one.

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Derby County host Manchester United in FA Cup

It's a huge night for Derby County as they host Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

They last met in the same competition almost seven years ago when Cristiano Ronaldo helped United to a 4-1 victory.

Derby were the first team to win the FA Cup after the end of the Second World War, and a win tonight will take them a step closer to reliving the celebrations of 70 years ago.

James Clark reports.

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Aston Villa boss praises Richards for standing up to fans

Micah Richards has been branded "brave" to stand up to a confrontation with frustrated Aston Villa supporters after the 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe.

Richards spoke to fans before leaving the pitch. Credit: Reuters

Richards battled to allay the protests of fans who criticised the Villa captain behind the dugout at Adams Park as Remi Garde's side slipped to a draw with their League Two opponents.

The Premier League's basement side took the lead through Richards' early goal, only for Joe Jacobson to level from the penalty spot.

Villa boss Garde believes Richards was right to take the time to address the fans' pitchside frustrations in person.

Garde said:

"It was brave of him to do that. As professionals we have to face our responsibilities - not only Micah, me and all the players.

To be fair I didn't see the incident, but I've been told about it. I understand that the fans could be angry. We have to accept that, as a player, a manager, everybody at the club has to accept that criticism, because we are not winning - that's football.

The situation with Aston Villa is very difficult and makes some silly things happen sometimes. Everybody has to keep calm, face their responsibilities, look in the mirror and ask themselves what they can do to get out of this difficult situation.

– Aston Villa manager Remi Garde
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