Replay after a 0-0 draw between Cambridge and Manchester United
It turned out to be a close match, which could have gone either way, but neither Cambridge nor Manchester United managed to get the ball in the net, which means they will have to face each other again at Old Trafford.
It was a full stadium in a rainy night in Cambridge, 8000 fans singing and cheering, supporting their local team. Cambridge, who currently are 12th in League Two with 35 points, have only met Manchester United once before, in a League Cup second-round tie in 1991.
The two sides are currently separated by 75 places in the League pyramid, however Cambridge are no walkovers, as they have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals twice; in 1990 and 1991.
They have also been in two Wembley finals twice last season, winning the FA Trophy and the Conference Premier play-off final.
However, tonight’s opponents have won the FA Cup a record 11 times, and have they won all seven of their previous FA Cup ties against teams in the fourth tier.
Manchester United have actually lost only one of their last 40 FA Cup matches against lower league opponents, and are they currently in really good form, having lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions.
However, anything can happen in the FA Cup, and the U’s showed no fear against United. The black and yellows went on the attack from the first whistle of the game, pushing the United defence back.
The first chance of the game came to the U’s in the 7th minute, when Ryan Donaldson from a free-kick found Tom Elliot in the centre of the box, but the ball flew pass the right post.
United had their first real replay three minutes later, when Januzaj, who played his first games since November, found Blind on the left, whose finished from 12 yards was pushed away by Dunn in the Cambridge goal.
Cambridge had a lot of the possession in the first half, and in the 30th minute they came close in taking the lead, when a corner found Nelson, whose header got blocked by team-mate Coulson on the line. The ball popped back up to Coulson, who somehow headed the ball over the net from two yards.
As expected, United took over in the second half, as the Cambridge players got more tired. United had 80% of the possession in most of the second half, and did they get very close to take the lead in the 61st minute, when Falcao received a through ball from Carrick. Falcao made a great first touch and looked certain to score, but Dunn made a great reflex save and put the ball out for a corner kick.
Van Gaal’s boys had one last chance in the last minutes of the game, when Januzaj in the 91st minute wriggled between two players on the left edge of the box, crossed the ball which after being punched clear by Dunn landed to Di Maria outside the box, who fired a strong left footed volley at goal but the keeper got down quickly and made a world class save.
The games finishes 0-0 and Cambridge will be the happier team by far, as a draw forces United to play a replay game at Old Trafford. United will take this draw and experience as preparation for their next Premier League match against Leicester in the Premier League, a match were more efficient attacking will be needed.
Cambridge on the other hand will enjoy this result for a while, and will the squad be with high in confidence ahead of their next match, as they will face Dagenham & Redbridge as home in four days.