With just two games to go in League One, Preston have their promotion fate in their own hands.
Victory in both their remaining matches will see them finish as runners up and seal a return to Championship.
But as David Chisnall reports, they won't have to wait until the end of the season for their promotion party, if results go their way this weekend.
Preston North End’s Joe Garner has been named the Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Year at The Football League Awards and picked up the Goal of the Year award too.
Garner beat competition from Milton Keynes Dons’ Dele Alli and Bristol City’s Luke Freeman to claim the overall Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Year Award.
He won Goal of the Year for his superb strike in last season’s play-off game against Rotherham at Deepdale.
Click blow to watch the wonder goal:
For a brief few minutes it looked like it was going to be the night of the underdog as Preston North End and Manchester United were nil nil at half time. Step forward local hero Scott Laird who fired in the first goal of the game for Preston - the first time the two teams had met for 43 years. There was uproar. It was the stuff Preston dreams are made of.
But then the dream ended abruptly with Herrera scoring for United in the 65th minute, Fellaini in the 73rd and Rooney firing in a penalty in the 88th. So Manchester United are through to the next round of the FA Cup where they join Liverpool and Blackburn in the Quarter Finals.
Final score 3,1 to Manchester United.
It looked like it was going to be the night of the underdog when Preston North End went one up against Manchester United at Deepdale. It was thanks to local hero Scott Laird who scored in the 47th minute in the fifth round of the FA Cup. But then Sergio Aguera scored for United in the 65th minute.
Thousands of Preston North End fans will pack a sold out Deepdale for a match described as a "once in lifetime."
The FA Cup fifth round glamour tie sees the Premier League heavy weights, Manchester United, make the short trip up the M6.
It's the first time since 1972 that United have played in Preston.
Preston North End fans have been queueing outside Deepdale since the early hours of the morning, in the hope of getting a ticket to the club's FA Cup tie with Manchester United. One fan even went as far as taking a mattress with him to camp out at the ground.
A die hard Preston North End fan says he'd sell a kidney for tickets to the club’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United.
Michael Jackson – who has lived in Johannesburg in South Africa for the last 25 years launched a Facebook campaign in the hope he can make a return to Deepdale this weekend.
The 52-year-old told the LEP: “I’d sell a kidney to get a ticket. Someone suggested I should ride a giraffe, I’d do whatever it takes.
“I’d even swim from Cape Town to the River Ribble.
“It is on TV but I want to be there in person cheering on the Lilywhites. But it is impossible to get a ticket.”
Sir Tom Finney’s son Brian will join England manager Roy Hodgson at Deepdale to make the draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The draw will take place ahead of Preston’s fifth round tie against Manchester United on February 16, two days after the first anniversary of Sir Tom’s death.
Preston legend Sir Tom made over 430 appearances for the Deepdale club and won 76 England caps.
He died on February 14 last year.
Manchester United are through to the 5th round of the FA Cup after an easy win over Cambridge
United opened the score at the 24th minute through Juan Mata and 7 minutes later Marcos Rojo made it two
So Preston face have a dream 5th round tie against Manchester United after a great win over their league one rivals Sheffield United.
Sheffield oppened the score at the 38th minute but Preston scored three times in less than 10 minutes during the second half.