Author: Graham Tower
2016/17 FA Cup
Published: 12:58 01/02/2015
Cambridge United defied the odds to hold off Manchester United and earn an FA Cup fourth-round replay at Old Trafford. The 0-0 draw at Abbey Stadium a week past Friday was as good as a victory since it secured a money-spinning replay against Louis van Gaal's side on Tuesday 3rd February.
The League Two side were well worth their draw, keeping United quiet until tiredness took its toll in the second half. However keeper Chris Dunn stepped up to the plate when asked, producing a couple of brilliant saves from Radamael Falcao and Angel Di Maria. The fourth round produced a number of FA Cup shocks, most notably Chelsea and Manchester City falling at home to lower division sides and football fans can watch the lowest club remaining in the competition attempt another David v Goliath act live on BT Sport at 7.45pm.
Who Will Win?
Manchester United have only lost once in their last 41 FA Cup matches against lower league opponents and the visitors don't have a great tradition of giant killing, although they knocked out Coventry City when they were in the top flight in the 1991-92 season. In the same season, the sides met for the only time in their history in the League Cup when Manchester United won 4-1 on aggregate over two legs.
The Red Devils moved up to third place in the Premier League following a comfortable 3-1 victory against Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday and should have too much quality for Richard Money's side. There's not much money to be made on the outright match betting with Van Gaal's men top price 1/12 with bet365 and punters might be better served looking at the goalscorer and correct score markets for more attractive odds.
Will There Be Goals?
It's a tall order to expect Cambridge to hold out for another 90 minutes against the likes Radamael Falcao, Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria. Wayne Rooney was rested for the game at Abbey Road and should he start in Tuesday's replay, will be looking to add to the six goals he has scored in his last six FA Cup matches. Rooney is 10/3 with William Hill to score the first goal while Coral go 8/11 for the United skipper to score anytime.
Man United are averaging over two goals a game at home this season while Cambridge have kept just three clean sheets on the road so far this term. The Reds put four past Fulham the last time they reached the fourth round in 2013 and top price for Over 3.5 goals is 10/11 on William Hill who go 2/1 Over 4.5 goals in the game.
Correct Score Prediction
Manchester United 4-0 Cambridge United 13/2 Paddy Power