Friday, 23 January 2015

MATCH REPORT: CAMBRIDGE 0-0 UNITED

The two Uniteds will do it all over again at Old Trafford as despite a dominant second half the Reds could not break down a committed and organised Cambridge side.

It would be churlish to criticise Louis van Gaal's side; instead the Us deserve all the credit after they arguably edged the first half and then resiliently held out in the face of a United onslaught after the break.

Even the most diehard United fan cannot begrudge that Cambridge deserved their money-spinning day out at Old Trafford.
The only comfort is that we are still in the hat for the fifth round and the Manchester replay will be a totally different game that will surely see the Reds emerge comprehensive winners.

Louis van Gaal took no chances and named a strong side for the trip to the Abbey Stadium: Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Michael Carrick and David De Gea were all selected to start and Robin Van Persie and Luke Shaw made their returns from injury as substitutes.

75 places separate the two sides in the football pyramid but Cambridge looked far from overawed and carved out the best chance of the half.
Van Gaal had predicted a physical contest and so it proved as the Us went closest through Richard Coulson, who fired narrowly over after a chaotic scramble from a corner.

United struggled for flair and creativity without rested captain Wayne Rooney, but they finally clicked into gear in a much improved second half showing, enjoying 75% of possession after the break.

Falcao, starved of decent service for much of the game, finally got his chance on the hour when Michael Carrick picked him out but the Colombian striker was denied by a wonderful save from Cambridge keeper Chris Dunn.

Van Gaal had seen enough and threw on Van Persie and Ander Herrera for ineffective duo James Wilson and Marouane Fellaini.

RVP almost answered the call straight away when he ran onto Di Maria's lofted pass but volleyed narrowly over on the angle.

Cambridge had given so much that it was inevitable they would tire, and United responded with late pressure.

Adnan Januzaj had an effort blocked, Falcao headed narrowly wide and Di Maria looked poised to break the hosts hearts at the death but he was denied by an excellent save from Dunn.
That proved to be the final moment of concern- leaving Cambridge's fans and players to celebrate wildly and savour the prospect of a historic trip to Old Trafford.

United Faithful Man of the Match: Marcos Rojo
Overall team performance: 5.5/10









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