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FA Cup: Manchester United survive scare vs Cambridge

Cambridge: Fourth-division outsiders Cambridge United earned themselves a money-spinning FA Cup fourth-round replay at Old Trafford after holding EPL giants Manchester United to a 0-0 draw on Friday.

Man United's Michael Carrick reacts to the draw
Man United's Michael Carrick reacts to the draw

There were 76 places in the English league system between the teams at kick-off, but League Two Cambridge held their own against their illustrious visitors in front of 7,987 fans at their home.

The clearest chance of the game fell to United's Radamel Falcao, but the on-loan superstar was denied by a fine save from Cambridge goalkeeper Chris Dunn.

"I am extremely proud of each and everyone of my players," said Cambridge coach Richard Money. "We tried to make sure the game didn't faze them in the tunnel... We were confident we could compete. We'll take the replay, of course."

Fans of the club from the university city were left to plan a trip to the Theatre of Dreams, less than a year after they returned to the Football League following nine years as a non-league outfit.

And while United's dreams of a first FA Cup success since 2004 are alive, the extra fixture is a game that manager Louis van Gaal could do without.

"Yes, of course it is frustrating," said Van Gaal, whose side had won 2-0 at third-tier Yeovil Town in round three.

"We make the same error as against Yeovil Town and against QPR. We did the same playing style more or less in the first half. Then I have to be angry again. In the second half we did much better, but OK, we are not out of the cup. That is the most important thing."

In another interview, Van Gaal complained that "every aspect" of the match went against his team.

"Every aspect of the match is against us. We have to come here, the pitch is not so good... Then you have seen the referee. It's always the same."

 

76 degrees of separation
Man United are currently fourth in Premier League

Cambridge are currently 13th in League 2

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