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Man United set up quarter-final meeting with Gunners after early scare at Preston

Scott Laird had put the home side in front two minutes after half-time but goals from Herrera, Fellaini Rooney sealed the victory.

WAYNE ROONEY ENDED his goal drought in controversial circumstances as Manchester United came from behind to beat Preston North End 3-1 at Deepdale and set up an FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.

The England striker had not netted in nine games ahead of Monday’s fifth-round tie, but completed the scoring with a late penalty after being moved back into an attacking role by Louis van Gaal.

Scott Laird’s second goal of the season just after half-time had put Preston boss Simon Grayson on course to spring another FA Cup shock against United, having masterminded Leeds United’s victory at Old Trafford in 2010.



Van Gaal’s side avoided an upset, though, as Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini marked their recalls to the starting line-up with goals and Rooney struck from the spot after he had appeared to dive over the challenge of Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann.




United will now face Arsenal in a mouth-watering last-eight tie at Old Trafford next month as they attempt to win the FA Cup for the first time in 11 years and give Van Gaal a trophy in his first season at the club.

Preston gave a good account of themselves, but were unable to pull off a stunning victory over their Lancashire rivals and must now turn their attentions back to their League One promotion push.

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