Manchester United vs Middlesbrough
English FA Cup
Date: 4 February 2022, Friday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Manchester United and Middlesbrough will raise the curtain on the fourth round of FA Cup with their clash on Friday evening at Old Trafford.
The hosts come into the tie as massive favorites to win and advance but we would by no means underestimate the strength and the form of their rivals here.
Boro have been one of the most in-form teams in Championship of late. They won eight, drew one, and lost one of the last ten matches in all competitions.
Chris Wilder’s men broke into the top-six in their division standings after a 1-0 victory over direct promotional rivals Coventry City on Saturday.
The former Sheffield United manager can be satisfied with how his team’s back line looked in the last two matches as Boro conceded only one goal in the clashes against Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City, two offensively dangerous teams.
The rock-solid defense will be the key to potential success for the visitors here at Old Trafford. Manchester United are going through a sort of crisis caused by the off-pitch happening and it will be interesting to see whether it will affect the team’s performance here.
The Red Devils have also been successful in their latest league games as they saw off Brentford and West Ham United in the previous two Premier League affairs.
Manchester United vs Middlesbrough Head-to-head
- It’s been five years since these old rivals last locked horns.
- Manchester United claimed wins both home and away in that Premier League season (2016/17).
- The Red Devils won 31, drew 10, and lost 11 of the last 52 meetings with Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Middlesbrough Prediction
Both teams seem to have improved their defensive showings, at least if we are to judge by their latest performances. Manchester United kept West Ham at bay in a 1-0 victory, while Middlesbrough did the same against Coventry City on Saturday.
We expect the visitors to park the bus, a strategy that might work against Manchester United who are yet to impress under Ralf Rangnick. The Under 2.5 goals FT looks tempting at the 2.00 odds.