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Preston 1-3 Manchester United: 5 talking points

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Manchester United came from a goal down to beat Preston North End 3-1 and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie at home to Arsenal in the FA Cup. The home side took the lead early in the second half thanks to Scott Laird's deflected effort. But the FA Cup which has already seen so many upsets in the last couple of rounds wasn't ready to see another one as the visitors got back into the game.The equaliser came from Ashley Young's cross on the right flank, which was calmly converted by Ander Herrera. The Red Devils took the lead after Marouane Fellaini followed up his header, which was saved by the keeper with an unstoppable shot from a few yards out. Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot in the dying minutes of the game to secure safe passage into the quarter final.Here are the major talking points from the game.

#1 United show plenty of resilience

Yes, United's passing was pedestrian in the first half. Yes, given the quality of attackers on the pitch, they should have worked the home keeper more. But you simply cannot fault the character of this United side. Positive reaction to adversity is what separates the good side from a great side.

Although this squad of players aren't forming a great team so far, they are certainly showing the characteristics and resilience that will help get them there. Victory over Preston means that the Red Devils are now unbeaten in seven games and have lost just once since early November.

While they don't always play the beautiful football, they are still third in the league and just a win away from getting to Wembley in the FA Cup and at the end of the season, it is the results rather than the performances that count.

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Published 17 Feb 2015, 04:23 IST
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