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Man Utd fear Crawley giant-killing in FA Cup

FA Cup fifth round
Venue: Old Trafford Date: Saturday, 19 February Kick-off: 1715 GMT
Coverage: Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio and BBC Sport website; text commentary online; live on ITV1


Cup clash with 'master' awes Crawley boss

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting Crawley to get "stuck into his team" in the FA Cup fifth round's David v Goliath clash.

Crawley, arguably the richest club in the Blue Square Bet Premier, travel to Old Trafford on Saturday on a mission to carry out a huge giant-killing act.

"Every manager will tell you, you don't want to be a casualty," said Ferguson.

"We lost to Leeds last year - it wasn't easy to take. Town will get stuck into us, there's no other way for them."

About 9,000 supporters are expected to travel from the Sussex town, which is located near Gatwick Airport, to Manchester. Crawley, second in their division, have beaten league opposition Swindon, Derby and Torquay en route to this stage and Ferguson believes their run has underlined the significance of the competition.

There's no point in going there expecting to get hammered is there?

Town defender Kyle McFadzean

"They talk about the FA Cup dying but it won't die as long as you've got giant-killing acts that Crawley have already produced," stated the Scot.

"We respect the fact that Crawley are the best non-League side for quite a while.

"They seem to have a lot of money invested in their players and are near the top of the league, so their games in hand will probably see them promoted to the league proper.

"There is always room for ambition and they could do well when they get into the Football League, given the kind of money they have behind them and the ambition they have got."

Crawley were £1m in the red until businessman Bruce Winfield and husband and wife duo Ian and Susan Carter became co-owners alongside Prospect Estates Holdings Limited.

Winfield announced that the club were debt-free in July 2010.

Some bookmakers have made Crawley 33-1 to win the tie against the 11-time FA Cup winners but Town defender Kyle McFadzean feels his side can pull off an upset.

"It's unbelievable. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," enthused the 23-year-old.

"I might not be able to play at Old Trafford again so we have to take our chances when they come.

"Whatever team they put out it will be a good one but we have to go there thinking we can win.

"There's no point in going there expecting to get hammered is there?

"If we did that then there would be no point in turning up. We all think we have got a chance."

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