Third-tier Tranmere beats Watford, to play Manchester United in FA Cup

Manchester United's Juan Mata, who scored his side's first goal, celebrates with teammate Fred after the final whistle of the English FA Cup third round replay soccer match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Rui Vieira/AP)

LIVERPOOL, England — Third-tier club Tranmere set up a fourth-round match with Manchester United in the FA Cup after beating Premier League team Watford 2-1 after extra time on Thursday.

Watford paid the price for fielding a severely understrength lineup for the replay at Prenton Park, which came just two days after Nigel Pearson’s relegation-threatened team played a game in the league.

Substitute Paul Mullin, who scored the equalizer in the first game that saw Tranmere rally from three goals down to draw 3-3, grabbed the winner in the replay in the 104th minute.

Man United also needed a replay to advance and will head to Tranmere on Sunday on the back of two straight losses in the Premier League, the most recent being 2-0 at home to Burnley on Wednesday that saw fans remonstrate against the club’s American ownership.

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