Andy Gray states his prediction for Shrewsbury v Man United

Andy Gray looks ahead to Manchester United's FA Cup fifth-round clash with Shrewsbury on Monday

Andy Gray is backing Manchester United to return to winning ways when they travel to Shrewsbury Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night.

The Red Devils head into the game after having suffered back to back defeats and desperate to return to winning ways.

United slumped to a 2-1 loss to Sunderland last weekend, before they were beaten in the Europa League 2-1 by Midtjylland on Thursday night.

Those results have only served to increase the pressure on under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.

However, former Everton man Gray is tipping the Red Devils to have too much for Shrewsbury on Monday and is backing United to book their place in the sixth round.

Writing in his blog for Paddy Power, Gray said: “I was really shocked by the depths that Manchester United have fallen.

“I cannot think of a worse European result in their history. It could’ve been so much worse than 2-1.

“But I think against Shrewsbury needs to be taken. It’ll be a horrific pitch, terrible weather, one or two of the big names won’t fancy it. They’ve been bad, but not bad enough to lose to a League One side.

“Van Gaal will be gunning for a reaction from his team after that embarrassment in Denmark. I don’t know if it’ll be a hammering, but they’ll pick up the win.”

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United are currently fifth in the Premier League table and six points adrift of the top four heading into the final 12 games of the season.

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