Three fascinating subplots ahead of Manchester United tie


We’re less than 24 hours away from one of the biggest FA Cup ties in Tranmere’s history as Manchester United visit Birkenhead tomorrow.

As ever with events like this, the national media have sat up and taken notice. Some great little interviews, features and stories have been published ahead of the match as some lesser-known subplots emerge. 

Here are three of the best:

Connor Jennings in action against Watford in the FA Cup Third Round Replay at Prenton Park (Photo by Richard Ault)

The Man United fan in Tranmere’s ranks

While Rovers’ squad has a strong Merseyside connection, the match will see Wembley hero and fan’s favourite Connor Jennings come up against his boyhood club. Jennings makes no secret of being a United fan and he attends a few games when he isn’t on Tranmere duty.

Connor got booked in the first half of Thursday’s win over Watford which gave you a fear he may be in danger of picking up a second yellow, but the popular midfielder still saw out the full 120 minutes without putting a foot wrong.

As we all know, Jennings is often a great bet for scoring in the big games, so he could be the one to shoot down the Red Devils on Sunday.

Paul Mullin heads home Tranmere’s winning goal in the FA Cup Third Round replay against Watford. (Photo by Richard Ault)

Liverpool fan Mullin missed Anfield clash

Forward Paul Mullin scored the winning goal for Tranmere on Thursday to earn this tie, and also smashed home the penalty at Vicarage Road which took the game to a replay.

Liverpool born and bred, Mullin is a big Liverpool fan and often attends game when he’s able to. However, he was unable to get tickets for last week’s game against Manchester United at Anfield. 

Not to worry, Mulls has the perfect chance to see United up-close tomorrow and will no doubt be desperate to pile on the misery for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

Tranmere goalkeeper and captain Scott Davies

Skipper Scott Davies the Man City fan

Another player who will be desperate to put United out on Sunday is goalkeeper and club captain Scott Davies. Davies, who is another big crowd favourite at Prenton Park, makes no secret of his love for United’s cross-city rivals in sky blue.

City fans will no doubt be hoping Scotty can put in another one of his outstanding performances tomorrow.

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