Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Rodney Parade will host a David-vs-Goliath clash between Newport County and Manchester United, who face each other in the FA Cup last 32. The Exiles face an uphill task in Sunday’s encounter, but, one thing is for sure, they will leave their hearts on the field. With no fresh injury worries to report, Graham Coughlan is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Wrexham.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, head into the match following a 2-2 draw with Tottenham. As Erik ten Hag’s troops have been showing signs of improvement in front of goal, anything but a routine away win would be a big surprise. Both Lisandro Martinez and Antony are pushing for a start, while both Sofyan Amrabat and Amad Diallo are on international duty. Luke Shaw has overcome his injury, while both Harry Maguire and Mason Mount are rated doubtful for the FA Cup game.
Highlighted Player (Marcus Rashford):
Marcus Rashford is one of the most talented English footballers. Rashford was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester on October 31, 1997 and he began his youth career at Fletcher Moss Rangers. Manchester United scouts spotted him in 2005 when he joined the famous Premier League club.
The pacey footballer, who is capable of playing as both winger and striker, marked his Manchester United first-team debut with two goals in a 5-1 crushing of Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Marcus Rashford scored seven goals in 35 appearances for the Red Devils in the 2017/2018 Premier League season. Speaking of his international debut, the Manchester United attacker played his first match for England against Australia on May 27, 2016 and he did well to find the net in a 2-1 win over the Socceroos.
After producing fine displays with Manchester United in the 2017/2018 season, Marcus Rashford was named in the 23-man England national team squad that will take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Highlighted Team (Newport County):
Nicknamed the Exiles, Newport County are a Welsh club that welcome their rivals at Rodney Parade. Despite being based in Wales, the club compete in the English League Two. Newport County’s home ground was built in 1904, and it has a capacity of 7,850 people. The club’s home colours are amber shirts and black shorts, with the team wearing black, gray and amber kit when playing on the travels.
Newport County did well to win Welsh Cup in 1980, with the team making it to the FA Trophy in 2012. In 2008 the Latics managed to win the FAW Premier Cup, with the team beating fellow Welsh club Llanelli 1-0 in the title game.
Newport County recorded their biggest league win against Merthyr Town (10-0) on April 10, 1930, with the team suffering their heaviest defeat to Newcastle United (0-13) on October 5, 1946. The club’s record league attendance is 24,268. The record was set on October 16, 1937, when Newport County hosted Cardiff City in a Football League Third Division South game.