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Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

PNE deny ‘beefed up’ security reports and say Sir Alex Ferguson will not attend tonight’s Manchester United clash

PRESTON North End have denied reports suggesting they are ‘beefing up’ security to protect Sir Alex Ferguson for tonight’s FA Cup clash against Manchester United.

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Denis Law and Alan Gowling (right) at Deepdale in 1972

When Gowling upstaged Holy Trinity to KO PNE

Preston’s last competitive meeting with Manchester United came in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Deepdale 43 years ago

Former PNE player Alan Gowling in action here in May 1983

Lilywhie and Red: Alan Gowling

Alan Gowling started his career at Manchester United and played 71 games in their first team. In 1972, Gowling scored both goals as United beat PNE 2-0 at Deepdale in the FA Cup.

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Coventry skipper Jim O'Brien has scored four goals from midfield 
this season

Keeper capers for PNE’s opponents

Coventry will be forced into a change of goalkeeper for their visit to Preston.

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