Date: 25th February 2016 at 8:41am
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Shrewsbury went into the cup-tie with Man United dreaming of a quarter-finals tie with West Ham in the last eight alongside the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, but it wasn’t to be was it with the Premier League side running out comfortable winners in the end.

United came to Greenhous Meadow, albeit with boss Louis van Gaal under pressure, still very much as the favourites with Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard sealing a three-nil win on Monday.

Micky Mellon didn’t feel he could have asked for anymore from his side but admitted to the Official Site the quality they have made the difference.

‘I think the quality of Manchester United was absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t ask anymore from our players they just came up against a team who had so much quality. I want to congratulate them on the victory and wish them all the best in the tournament.’

Doubts surrounding one of the goals, with a possible offside call being made, but as he hadn’t seen a replay at the time he didn’t want to discuss but we’ve had ‘a fantastic cup run and tonight the opposition were just too good.’

Some 9,370 turned up at Greenhous Meadow with Mellon adding he would have wished to give the home fans something to cheer, and the Shrews had chances but couldn’t take them, with him happy to see us walk away with plenty of pride as we move into the weekend.

‘Our players can hold their head high after that and move onto the most important thing which is the game on Saturday. I would have loved to have given the crowd something to cheer but we did have a couple of chances, the free header especially, but it wasn`t to be for us.’

Abu Ogogo was one of those involved on the night with it an experience he very much enjoyed, even if it was a ‘very hard’ game too.

He also spoke to the Official Site after the game with the chance to play against world class footballers, and a club like Man United, something he’ll treasure as it doesn’t happen too often.

‘It was a very good experience – very hard but enjoyable. I think in the first half we showed them a bit too much respect- the first goal was a poor one to concede and the second goal just before half time really killed us. In the second half, we pressed more into their box. We came back and had a go. We were always up against it but it was a good experience. We got to play against some world-class players- playing against Man United doesn’t happen a lot in your career so it was a good experience for the players.’

Ogogo went onto talk about chances we had, and him in particular, which he would have loved us to obviously take but with Man United ‘by far’ the best side he said he’s faced we couldn’t ‘get near to them’ at times.

With the cup run now over, with the outcome as expected by most, it’s full focus on the league with the midfielder turning his attention back to the ‘bread and butter’ of League 1 to the huge game with relegation rivals Colchester on Saturday, finishing by saying.

‘Getting knocked out of the FA Cup was disappointing- it has been a long journey to get here. It was great to draw Man United and the players did well to go this far. But no one expected us to go through and the league is the bread and butter. We need to concentrate on that now because we have a massive game on Saturday. They’re fighting for their lives and we`re fighting for ours so it`s definitely a must-win game.’

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