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Match Preview: Manchester United

25 January 2020

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers host 12-time Emirates FA Cup winners’ Manchester United in the competition’s fourth-round at Prenton Park on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The fixture will be broadcast live on BT Sport, as Micky Mellon’s men welcome Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils to the Wirral.

Paul Mullin’s 104th minute winner in extra-time secured a 2-1 third-round replay victory over Premier League outfit Watford on Thursday night, which was played in front of over 10,000 packed into Prenton Park.

Solskjaer’s side reached this stage after Juan Mata’s goal earned a 1-0 triumph against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford in their replay last Wednesday.

Team news

Ollie Banks, Mark Ellis and Evan Gumbs are all out of action through injuries.

Alex Woodyard is cup-tied for Sunday having already represented Peterborough United in the competition.

Kane Wilson is eligible for selection after re-signing on loan from West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

One to watch

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was recruited by Manchester United in July 2017, for £40m from Chelsea.

The Serbia international started his professional path with FC Koscie before moving to Chelsea in 2009, making two league appearances and spending loan time at Dutch outfit Vitesse.

Matic left Chelsea permanently in 2011, penning a switch to Portuguese giants Benfica, winning a league and cup title in Lisbon.

He re-signed for Chelsea for £21m in January 2014, turning out on 151 occasions in West London – clinching two Premier League winners’ medals.

Matic moved to Old Trafford in 2017 and he has made over 100 appearances. 


Please note that there is only a very limited number of tickets remaining on sale for Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup match.

Tickets are ONLY available to purchase from the TRFC Club Store at Prenton Park.

Seating will be allocated for both home supporters and away supporters.

Past meetings

Tranmere Rovers and Manchester United have only met just once, in a League Cup tie at Old Trafford in September 1976.

Match coverage

Are you not attending Tranmere Rovers’ Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester United at Prenton Park on Sunday? Well, an iFollow audio match pass costing just £2.50 is the perfect alternative!

And should you be unable to make our clash against the Red Devils, then you can listen live through the Club’s iFollow service.

TRFC Radio’s commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Club legend Dave Higgins will talk you through events as they unfold.

So, if you want uninterrupted full-match commentary on Sunday, sign-up now for only £2.50 - which is great value.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50! To sign-up, CLICK HERE.

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

Did you know?

United are making their first ever trip to Prenton Park this Sunday, having not played Rovers for over 43-years.

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Match Reports

Report: Tranmere Rovers 0-6 Manchester United

26 January 2020

Tranmere Rovers’ Emirates FA Cup adventure has come to an end following defeat against Premier League giants Manchester United in front of a sold-out Prenton Park. 

Three goals in the opening sixteen minutes from England international Harry Maguire, and then strikes from Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in command of the fourth-round tie.

Phil Jones, Anthony Martial and a penalty midway through the second half from Mason Greenwood completed the scoring for the 13-time Premier League winners. 

Despite the loss, Micky Mellon's side exit the FA Cup with their heads held high, after eliminating Manchester United's Premier League competitors, Watford, in round three. Tranmere's attention will now switch back to League One with Sunderland visiting Prenton Park next Wednesday.  

Mellon named an unchanged starting line-up from the side that beat Watford last Thursday night. Kane Wilson was named on the substitutes bench having re-signed on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Rovers began with attacking intent in front of the BT Sport cameras, and Morgan Ferrier saw his strike from inside the penalty area blocked away for a corner.

Connor Jennings had the first attempt on goal of the contest, but his volley was straight into the grasp of Sergio Romero.

Kieron Morris then drove forward with the ball following Corey Blackett-Taylor’s cross, but it was thwarted by Romero.

However, it was Manchester United that made the breakthrough with ten minutes on the clock, as captain Maguire struck a right-footed shot from 20-yards into the top right corner. 

It was two, three minutes later, when Dalot received a Martial pass on the right-side of the box to drill across goal into Scott Davies’ bottom left-corner.

The Red Devils scored their third of the afternoon just after the 15-minute mark, as Lingard latched onto Maguire’s pass to curl right-footed into the bottom right corner.

Not deterred by the deficit, Tranmere looked for a route back into the game. Ferrier got the better of Jones down the left, but Romero was on hand to make the save. 

Blackett-Taylor then sent a low cross from the left which evaded everybody in the area before being cleared to safety.

However, Tranmere were dealt another blow in the 41st minute as Jones directed a looping header over Davies from Andreas Pereira’s left-sided corner.

United's fifth came before the half time whistle, as Luke Shaw played a clever through ball into the path of French international Martial, and his strike took a heavy deflection to wrong foot Davies. 

The 12-time Emirates FA Cup winners notched a sixth after 57 minutes from the penalty spot. Davies brought down Tahith Chong and Greenwood stepped up to convert from 12-yards.

At the other end, Ferrier broke into the box and fired into Romero’s side-netting having got the better of Jones once again.

David Perkins was replaced with 66 minutes gone as Mellon introduced Harvey Gilmour.

And midfielder Gilmour was involved in Rovers’ next chance, linking up well with Jake Caprice, who planted a cross onto the head of Jennings, but the winger's header just crept wide of the left-hand post. 

Mellon brought on Paul Mullin and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy in the closing 20 minutes, with the pair coming on for Ferrier and Blackett-Taylor.

Mullin struck a free-kick into the Argyle Satellite Taxis Kop Stand after Jennings had been fouled. Morris had the final attempt of the game for Tranmere with a 25-yard shot, but it was comfortable for Romero.

Rovers’ journey in the competition comes to an end, departing the Prenton Park pitch with a standing ovation from the home supporters for their efforts after a difficult afternoon. 

TRFC return to Sky Bet League One attention on Wednesday night against Sunderland at Prenton Park and tickets are available to purchase by visiting 

TRFC: Davies ©, Caprice, Clarke, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Danns, Perkins, (Gilmour 64) Morris, Jennings, Blackett-Taylor, (Hepburn-Murphy 73) Ferrier (Mullin 73)

Subs not used: Pilling, Wilson, Woods, Payne

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Ticket News

Club Statement

25 January 2020

Tickets for tomorrow’s game against Manchester United have now almost sold out. Thank you for your tremendous support.

For those who have been frustrated by systems issues, we apologise. We have done our best in difficult circumstances but recognise the issues that many of you have had.

It was always going to be impossible to satisfy the demand for tickets for this fixture, and having only 48 hours to sell tickets meant we were facing a huge logistical problem which will probably never happen again.

In the circumstances, after consulting with various supporter groups, we took some decisions which were designed to make the allocation as fair as we could, recognising that no one system is ever considered fair by everyone. In particular, we chose to offer tickets to season card holders for a week prior to even knowing if we would win the replay with Watford, so that they could be assured of a seat.

We then decided to have a 24 hour period of priority for those who had been at the Watford game. This started by keeping the Club shop open until 1am after the match, to enable as many as possible to buy tickets immediately for the 4th round.

Unfortunately for those trying to get priority tickets online there were issues for people who had bought more than one ticket for that game, as people had problems buying more than one ticket for the 4th round. Had we had more time to test the system thoroughly for this scenario, we would hopefully have picked this up, but the very short time frame meant this was not possible.

The tickets went on general sale at 8pm last night but almost immediately we had 19,000 people simultaneously trying to log in to the system - a completely unprecedented number for this Club. The volume suggested that it was likely that some Manchester supporters who had been unable to buy through their ballot were trying to buy tickets in the home end.

We were also alerted to ticket tout activity through third party websites, primarily for tickets in the away end but a small amount for the home stands.

In light of this information, in order to limit tout activity and to ensure the safe segregation of fans, the decision was made to stop tickets from being sold online. Very few tickets were sold online prior to that facility being removed.

It was decided that the best way of giving our genuine fan base the opportunity to purchase a ticket for our game against Manchester United would be via the club shop.

With such a quick turnaround between Emirates FA Cup matches and unprecedented levels of traffic, we can only apologise for any confusion and frustration that has been caused.

Our ticketing system has been subject to an extensive review since last season and the anticipated changes will be implemented in due course to make sure that we are better able to cope in the event that we are in the happy position of having a sell-out match in the future.

In recognition that moving to online sales would cause difficulty for loyal fans based away from Merseyside, a small allocation of tickets for the game has been put to one side for geographical supporter’s associations to distribute by ballot to their members who have been unable to get to the shop to buy tickets. This is being coordinated by those supporters’ associations.

To those of you who have waited for considerable amounts of time we sincerely thank you for all of your patience and thank you for all of your support.

Thanks also to the ticket office staff who have worked incredibly long hours to try to make sure as many of our supporters as possible have got the tickets they wanted.

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