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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Simon Grayson believes he can repeat feat of giant-killing in Cup clash

A sign outside Deepdale is seen showing the next home match for Preston North End on February 12 in Preston, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A sign outside Deepdale is seen showing the next home match for Preston North End on February 12 in Preston, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Simon Grayson is looking to pull off a notable double when Manchester United visit Preston in the fifth round of the FA Cup tonight.

Grayson was the manager of Leeds five years ago when they stunned United 1-0 in the third round, ending a near 30-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford.

It is 43 years since Preston have faced the Red Devils and more than 55 years since their last win but, having done it once, Grayson sees no reason why he cannot oversee another shock.

He said: "Every time I go to Leeds people remind me about it. It's a different football club, different personnel, but I'll draw from the experience and what a great feeling it was to win at Old Trafford that day. You don't get the opportunity to do that very often. I want to try to replicate that if possible. You have to have that belief that you can do it."

Leeds' match-winner, Jermaine Beckford, rejoined his old manager on loan from Bolton in November but his chances of more heroics have been scuppered by an ear infection.

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