Cambridge Utd 0 Man Utd 0
Cambridge United 0 Manchester United 0, Abbey Stadium, FA Cup Fourth Round, January 23, 2015. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could only sit and watch as his players wasted a number of decent goal scoring opportunities during a goalless draw with Cambridge United in the FA Cup Fourth Round. In mitigation, though, Cambridge shot stopper Chris Dunn had an excellent day between the sticks and withstood everything thrown at him.
Eleven times FA Cup winners Manchester United had comfortably defeated League One side Yeovil Town 2-0 at Huish Park Stadium in the FA Cup Third Round through second half goals from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria and Louis van Gaal´s men were overwhelming favourites to beat League Two outfit Cambridge United who had managed to edge out John Still´s Luton Town by a 2-1 score at Abbey Stadium in the previous round thanks to a goal each from Ryan Donaldson and Robbie Simpson in the 27th and 66th minutes of the clash respectively. The only time Manchester United and Cambridge United had played against each other was in the 1991-92 season when the two teams were paired in the second round of the League Cup. The Old Trafford club won the first leg 3-0 at home courtesy of a first half goal from Ryan Giggs and second half goals from Brian McClair and Steve Bruce, while the second leg at Abbey Stadium ended with a 1-1 draw with Dion Dublin scoring a late equaliser for Cambridge United after Choccy had given the visitors an early lead. Unfortunately, for this fixture, Manchester United were without the services of key players Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, and Ashley Young because of different injury problems, but striker Robin van Persie and full backs Luke Shaw and Rafael da Silva were back after missing the 2-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers at Shepherd´s Bush in the previous Premier League Round. Cambridge United, for their part, had to make do without the triumvirate of Jordan Chiedozie, Johnny Hunt, and Matteo Lanzoni, who were Cup tied for the club.
Louis van Gaal was adamant that his Manchester United team would not underestimate their opponents when they played Cambridge United in the FA Cup Fourth Round on the 23rd of January 2015. But against the odds, Richard Money´s boys earned themselves a replay at Old Trafford after a hard fought 0-0 draw against the Premier League giants in front of a bumper crowd at Abbey Stadium. And although Van Gaal´s United controlled the possession of the ball from the very beginning, The U´s nevertheless had their moments in the first half of the tie and local born defender Joshua Coulson almost put the hosts into the lead at the half-hour mark when his header landed on the roof of the net. Following the half-time break, Manchester United continued their domination, but the highly disciplined and well organised Cambridge United defence held the visiting side at bay. The Reds came close to scoring during the closing stages of the fixture, however, as Belgium international Adnan Januzaj and former Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria forced home goalkeeper Chris Dunn into a magnificent double save with a couple of minutes remaining on the watch of match official Chris Foy. Cambridge United Team: Chris Dunn, Joshua Coulson, Richard Tait, Greg Taylor, Michael Nelson, Tom Champion, Ryan Donaldson, Liam Hughes, Cameron McGeehan, Sullay Kaikai, Tom Elliott. Substitutes: Ian Miller, Ryan Bird, Dominic Ball, Luke Chadwick, Harrison Dunk, Robbie Simpson, Will Norris. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick, Angel Di Maria, Marouane Fellaini, Radamel Falcao, Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson. Substitutes: Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Paddy McNair, Rafael da Silva, Darren Fletcher, Robin van Persie, Víctor Valdes.