Sport Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman posted an update on his recovery from injury

Strootman is a favourite of United manager Louis van Gaal's and could move to Old Trafford if he can prove his fitness

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Bradford FA Cup tie snubbed by BBC in favour of Aston Villa vs West Brom

Tie against Reading set to be screened on BT Sport

Scott Laird fired Preston into the lead with a deflected effort off David de Gea (EPA)

Scott Laird given £1 by his grandma for scoring against Manchester United in the FA Cup

The Preston left-back gets a cheeky bonus for giving Manchester United a scare

Wayne Rooney wins a penalty after going down under the challenge of Thorsten Stuckmann

Wayne Rooney dive: Manchester United striker DID simulate for FA Cup penalty against Preston

The Manchester United and England captain has been criticised for allegedly diving in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Preston

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao: Manchester United striker gets the meme, vine and Twitter treatment after shocker against Preston

The Manchester United striker hasn't had the best of spells in front of goal

Wayne Rooney wins a penalty after going down under the challenge of Thorsten Stuckmann

Wayne Rooney dive: Vote whether you think the Manchester United striker dived to win a penalty against Preston?

The Manchester United and England captain has been criticised for allegedly diving in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Preston

Marouane Fellaini scores to put Manchester United 2-1 up

Preston vs Manchester United: Five things we learnt - Hodgson has no problem with Wayne Rooney in midfield, someone still loves Moyes

There is no Kevin Kilbane suite at Preston North End, Van Gaal must be feeling the cold and there is still a place in football for Peter Ridsdale

Wayne Rooney goes down after being challenged by goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann

Wayne Rooney dive: Roy Hodgson and Phil Neville defend Manchester United striker over dive claims

Rooney won a penalty in the 3-1 win over Preston when he went down despite no contact from goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann

The FA Cup trophy

FA Cup sixth-round draw: Bradford handed home hope – but will BBC bite?

Ties to played on the 7/8 March

Marouane Fellaini starts for United at Preston

Manchester United injury list: Louis van Gaal waiting on Daley Blind, Robin van Persie and Phil Jones for FA Cup clash with Preston

Three players will have fitness tests for tonight's game at Deepdale

Miralem Pjanic, Santi Cazorla, Danny Ings and Radja Nainggolan
Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman

Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal reignites Kevin Strootman rumours as he confirms he will sign a midfielder in summer

Van Gaal has been criticised for playing Wayne Rooney in midfield but he claims that is only due to having a lack of options in the position

Radamel Falcao (left) is not quick enough to stretch defences

Manchester United's woes lie in lack of pace in attack, writes Danny Higginbotham

TALKING TACTICS: No defence feels the need to drop those four yards against United

Angel Di Maria is substituted for Ashley Young

Ashley Young hails 'fantastic' Manchester United team-mate Angel Di Maria

While Michael Carrick has likened Argentine to United great Ryan Giggs

Manchester United's Juan Mata emerging as a target for Atletico Madrid

Spain midfielder is out of favour at Old Trafford and Diego Simeone could offer a way out

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