Preston North end: 1 (S. Laird 47′)
Manchester United: 3 (Ander Herrera 65′, M. Fellaini 72′, W. Rooney 88′)
Preston: Manchester United survived a second-half scare at Deepdale to see off Preston and set up an FA Cup quarter-final tie with holders Arsenal.
A season of high-profile cup upsets looked like it could claim yet another victim when Scott Laird fired the League One side ahead soon after the break.
But United’s disjointed attack finally found some fluidity when expensive loan signing Radamel Falcao was replaced after an hour, and recalled midfielder Ander Herrera led the revival.
Herrera, making only his third start in three months, squeezed home the equalizer with Wayne Rooney avoiding contact with the ball in an offside position, before Marouane Fellaini’s close-range finish gave United the lead in a thrilling tie. The third goal by Rooney gives Man U a comfortable win over Preston.
Draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals made on Monday:
Liverpool v Blackburn
Bradford v Reading
Manchester United v Arsenal
Aston Villa v West Brom
Ties to be played on the weekend of March 7/8