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Crawley Town head-to-head with Manchester United

By Nick Tarver
BBC Sussex

Non-league football club Crawley Town have been drawn against Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup, but how do the teams fare in a pre-match head to head contest?

Both sides have managers from Glasgow and share the same 'Red Devils' nickname, but the similarities end there.

It is the first time in 17 years that a non-league club has advanced so far in the FA Cup, whereas Manchester United have won it 11 times.

For Crawley it will be a million pound match, with revenues from ticket receipts and television exceeding anything the Sussex club has achieved before.

But for Manchester United it could prove to be a tricky match. The eyes of the world will be upon them, waiting to see a famous upset.

Managers: Steve Evans v Sir Alex Ferguson
Steve  Evans
A win against Man Utd would be the pinnacle of Steve Evans' career

Steve Evans has already declared Sir Alex Ferguson as the "best football manager on the planet".

Both are from working class Glasgow backgrounds and Evans doesn't hide his admiration for his fellow Scot.

Hopefully he will not be too starstruck when pitting his wits against his hero and one of the most successful football managers in history.

Goalkeepers: Michel Kuipers v Edwin van der Sar
Michel Kuipers
Popular goalkeeper Michel Kuipers will be kept busy by Man Utd

Two Dutchmen will be the last line of defence for both sides.

Holland's most capped player, Edwin van de Sar, will be in goal for Manchester United, but it will be former Brighton and Hove Albion shotstopper, Michel Kuipers, who will probably be busier during the day.

Although the outcome of the match is in uncertain, there can be little doubt who would win in a real fight - Kuipers is a former Dutch marine.

Strikers: Matt Tubbs v Wayne Rooney
Matt Tubbs
Matt Tubbs was bought for an undisclosed record transfer fee

Wayne Rooney, child footballing prodigy and world famous Scouser, joined Manchester United for £25.6 million.

Matt Tubbs, Crawley's star striker, was bought from Salisbury Town for an undisclosed record transfer fee, which was rumoured to be £70,000.

Despite the disparity, Tubbs was joint top scorer in the Blue Square Premier league last season scoring 26 goals - the same number as Rooney in the Premier League.

Midfielders: Sergio Torres v Ryan Giggs
Sergio Torres
Sergio Torres was signed from Peterborough United

The two midfielders will meet in the centre of the park.

It was Sergio Torres who scored the famous injury time winner for Crawley Town against Derby in the third round of the FA Cup.

But Ryan Giggs, who has played for Man Utd more times than any other man, has scored his fare share of FA Cup classic goals - most memorably in the 1999 semi-final against Arsenal.

Mascots: Reggie the Red Devil v Fred the Red
Reggie the Red Devil
Reggie the Red Devil will lock horns with his Man Utd rival Fred the Red

Another epic battle will take place at Old Trafford - which team has the best Red Devil.

Manchester United's Fred the Red is a cuddly consumer-friendly demon.

But Crawley's Reggie the Red Devil, a much meaner looking mascot, is odds on to win any contest.




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