20:00 Friday

Manchester United vs Middlesbrough Stats

  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Middlesbrough's last three FA Cup games.
  • Man Utd are undefeated in their last 13 matches against Middlesbrough in all competitions.
  • Middlesbrough have scored in 75% of league games this season.

Manchester United vs Middlesbrough Tips

Betting Tip: Matt Crooks to Score Anytime

The weekend of FA Cup action kicks off with a Premier League vs Championship clash at Old Trafford as Manchester United host Middlesbrough. Boro boss Chris Wilder will have fond memories of facing Man United from his time with Sheffield United winning 2-1 there last season and will be relishing the underdog tag again here.

Wilder has had an impressive impact on Teesside since arriving, proving very hard to beat, losing just twice in 12 games and winning 8 of those. Their performance data shows that this improvement isn’t a fluke either, they’ve been better at creating chances but also proving more difficult to break down at the other end. They’ll come into this clash with plenty of confidence having won eight of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions.

One player who has stood out since Wilder took the helm is midfielder Matt Crooks. The former Rotherham and Accrington all-rounder has been a presence in the box, getting up the pitch to help the strikers. His height makes him an obvious aerial threat but his timing of runs is also on point. He’s notched six goals already this season so maybe it’s worth chancing him to get on the scoresheet here at a juicy 7/1. After all this United side have been far from watertight at the back for a while.

Betting Tip: Both Teams to Score

It's just five clean sheets in the league this season for the Red Devils and they’ve arguably looked worse at the back when playing as hosts. The onus is on them to take the game to their opponents and with the individual quality in their ranks, they should be able to breach a second-tier defence. If Boro can beat their press though it could open up opportunities for the visitors so the 6/5 on both teams to score here may look a touch too big.

Matt Crooks to score anytime - 0.5pts @ 7/1
Both Teams to Score - 1.5pts @ 6/5