It's going from bad to worse for Manchester United this season. The away form of the Premier League giants has not been good, and it remains to be seen if Louis van Gaal's men can finally change it.
After suffering a shock defeat against FC Midtjylland in their UEFA Europa League Round-of-32 first leg last week, United will look to get something from their FA Cup fifth round fixture against English League One side Shrewsbury Town at New Meadow, Monday.
Van Gaal's men lost to Sunderland as well in their last English Premier League fixture, and the Dutch manager has admitted that the team morale is very low at the moment. "You cannot continue with losing games and the question is how we lift ourselves, because Shrewsbury Town will fight for the second balls and play direct," Van Gaal was quoted by Guardian ahead of the game.
David de Gea is still unavailable for the Red Devils and Sergio Romero, whose performance against Midtjylland remained one of the positives for Manchester United, is expected to start once again in the FA Cup match.
A host of other stars, including Wayne Rooney, Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Guillermo Varela and Adnan Januzaj will also miss the game for the Red Devils.
"The aggression that you start the game with is something you need to match with the other team, something I don't think we have done recently," Manchester United defender Chris Smalling told MUTV. "We need to make sure we win our battles and our second balls and then when it starts to die down we can overcome them with our football.
"This competition is massive for us, particularly because we're not fighting at the top of the league like we expected to be. The FA Cup is an opportunity to win some silverware and a competition we've done well in so far. We'll go to Shrewsbury as favourites and we need to control that tie."
Even with Manchester United's struggles, Shrewsbury remain the massive underdogs going into the match. The chance of them winning against Manchester United are quite low, but still the two-time FA Cup quarterfinalists will dream of an upset.
"We will make sure that we thoroughly enjoy the game and take it all in and give the best account of ourselves that we possibly can to represent this great football town, "Shrewsbury Town FC coach Micky Mellon was quoted by the BBC.
"We've got to do certain things in a certain way to increase our chances of getting a result, so that's what we're working on and the mentality we're approaching the game with."
Where to watch live
Shrewsbury Town vs Manchester United is scheduled to kick off at 19:45 GMT (1:15 a.m. IST, 2:45 p.m. EST) on Feb. 22.
In India, viewers can catch the game on Sony ESPN. Online streaming will be available on SonyLiv.
MUTV will also broadcast the game.