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Shrewsbury boss hopes the perfect game plan can topple Man Utd

Micky Mellon says Shrewsbury will have to be at their best to beat Manchester United. Credit: ITV News Central

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon believes his side must execute their plan perfectly to beat Manchester United.

The Shrews host United for the first time in their history in Monday's FA Cup fifth-round clash.

Shrewsbury Town players in training for tonight's big game. Credit: ITV News Central
Louis van Gaal is under pressure at Manchester United. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal is under increasing pressure and defeat to the Sky Bet League One side will turn up the heat on the Dutchman and see him pushed closer to the exit door.

Shrewsbury lost 2-1 to Chelsea in last season's League Cup after giving them a scare and Mellon knows how they can stun United.

If I said we are going to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United, match them right up, hit possession in the final third and pin them right back, they'll think I'm bananas.

We have to be realistic and say in every game you have a chance, we have to work hard on making that chance bigger.

We did it against Chelsea, in certain areas of the pitch we knew we had to be good, certain personnel we had to stop service to, we also knew certain times in the game we had to get through, first 20 minutes, half-time, then we knew our chance had increased.

– Micky Mellon, Shrewsbury Town manager
Shrewsbury Town host Manchester United in the FA Cup tonight. Credit: ITV News Central

Shrewsbury only lost to Chelsea last season after a late Jermaine Grandison own goal and Mellon wants them to approach the United game in the same fearless way.

I think we said let's acknowledge the fact that it's a huge game, a fantastic opportunity for us, a lot of people are interested to speak to us and see what we do, let's embrace that and enjoy it but really keep that focus on there being a game at the end of it.

Of course it's a huge game. But I've said to the players that I'm determined they're going to enjoy it because it's Manchester United and it's fantastic to be able to say that.

So we'll try and enjoy it but keep that level of focus on it as well because we did that last time with Chelsea and it seemed to work really well."

– Micky Mellon, Shrewsbury Town manager