Jubilant Preston boss Simon Grayson has set his sights on upsetting the Red Devils in the FA Cup for the second time in his managerial career after the Lilywhites beat Sheffield United 3-1 in last night’s replay at Bramall Lane.
Grayson famously guided Leeds to a 1-0 win over United five years ago and would love to do the same with North End later this month.
PNE will host Louis van Gaal’s side – who were 3-0 winners over Cambridge – on Monday, February 16 at Deepdale, a tie which will earn them £247,500 in television revenue alone. Add to that a 42% share of the gate, not to mention £90,000 from winning last night, and it a real windfall.
The victory at Bramall Lane was thoroughly deserved.
Grayson’s men had to come from behind though, Jamie Murphy having fired the hosts in front against the run of play seven minutes before half-time.
Paul Gallagher brought them level with a fine free-kick before Paul Huntington headed them in front.
Man of the match Gallagher then netted the third from the penalty spot after Chris Humphrey was fouled in the box.
Grayson said: “Both teams knew what was at stake.
“We have gone through to face Manchester United at home, one of the biggest clubs around.
“We will enjoy that moment when it comes around, ply our trade against the best players.
“It will be lovely to see Deepdale full, it is a massive boost for the club with the profile it gives us and the revenue which can come in.
“When Leeds beat Manchester United a few years ago that was a fantastic day.
“This is a different club, a different team, this tie is one which we will look forward to.
“The club deserves it – they’ve not had many ties like this in the last few years.”
The North End boss hailed the team performance which saw them hit back from falling behind to emerge victorious.
Grayson said: “The win was everything that we deserved, from start to finish we did everything well.
“I thought we came out of the traps really well, passed the ball with a purpose, closed down and limited Sheffield United to very few opportunities.
“Their keeper made some outstanding saves early on and then they scored against the run of play which really rocked us.
“Potentially we could have conceded again after that goal but we didn’t and hit back.
“At half-time I told the players to believe in their ability and if we carried on doing the same things we would get a result.
“It took a massive amount of character to come back in the way we did in the second half.
“We had been struggling for the last month and had some bad results, it might have been easy to think at half-time that it was going to be one of those nights.
“It was a fantastic result for all concerned.
“There were some outstanding performances, some players in positions where people haven’t seen them playing before.
“Paul Gallagher was excellent, playing in a central midfield area. He controlled the game with his passing.
“I thought Kevin Davies led the line extremely well and I don’t know what he has to do to score his 150th goal.”