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It's a case of David versus Goliath on Sunday afternoon when Tranmere Rovers host in the FA Cup.

League One side Tranmere will be hoping to provide the biggest shock of this season's fourth round when they entertain 12-time winners United to Preston Park.

Sportsmail looks at what United can expect from their trip to Tranmere.

Tranmere Rovers will face Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round after beating Watford

Tranmere Rovers will face in the FA Cup fourth round after beating Watford

Prenton Park pitch

The old adage that an underdog's pitch can be a 'leveller' against better opposition has already applied to Tranmere this season. The state of their turf at Prenton Park is one not fit for a League One side, let alone a Premier League team - with two games postponed at the ground in recent weeks due to inclement weather.

United Women's match was called off earlier this month due to a waterlogged pitch, while Tranmere's replay with Watford had to be put back nine days after Storm Brendan wreaked havoc on the area. And Rovers used that to their advantage on Thursday, in a tie which saw the pitch cut up badly, as they knocked out the Hornets in extra-time.

But despite the poor condition of the playing surface, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his side that they must not use that as an excuse.

'The pitch is not great but that's the same for both of us,' he said in his pre-game press conference on Friday. 'The players just have to be focused and ready. There are divots everywhere. This generation coming through with Astroturf and nice pitches get lazy in the heads.

'So everyone has just got to be focused, both for injuries but also, of course, the bounce of the ball.'

Tranmere Rovers will hope to use the state of their home pitch as an advantage on Sunday

Tranmere Rovers will hope to use the state of their home pitch as an advantage on Sunday

The League One side's pitch at Prenton Park is in poor condition ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie

The League One side's pitch at Prenton Park is in poor condition ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie

Bare patches were evident on Thursday night in Tranmere's FA Cup replay win over Watford

The old guard

What Tranmere may lack in quality, they certainly don't in experience with plenty of veterans among their squad. While United may field a youthful side with the likes of Mason Greenwood (18-years-old), Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James (both 22); Rovers' starting XI could possess some wise old sages.

Their starting XI against Watford contained three players very much in the twilight of their careers in Peter Clarke (38), Neil Danns and David Perkins (both 37). Centre-midfield partnership Danns and Perkins have a combined age of 75 but they proved age is just a number on Thursday with Danns playing 100 minutes while Perkins featured for the entirety of the match. Centre back Clarke also played throughout the famous win.

The trio will all be looking to use their experience to good effect come Sunday too.

Neil Danns (left) is likely to start for Tranmere on Sunday after playing 100 minutes vs Watford

Neil Danns (left) is likely to start for Tranmere on Sunday after playing 100 minutes vs Watford

His central midfield partner David Perkins (right) played the full 120 minutes at the age of 38

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