Red Devils’ class should prove decisive
Having avoided one banana skin at Yeovil in the third round of the FA Cup, Manchester United have another to swerve at the R Costings Abbey Stadium this Friday as they take on Cambridge United.
Cambridge fans were camping out on the street earlier this week to snap up the last few available tickets for what is possibly the biggest game in the club’s history.
The match will be an emotional reunion with an old friend for U’s midfielder Luke Chadwick. He made 39 appearances in five years at Old Trafford, playing alongside the likes of David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and current Red Devils’ assistant manager Ryan Giggs.
Loanee Cameron McGeehan is a friend of England full-back Luke Shaw and looking forward to locking horns with the Manchester United full-back – the Norwich youngster has been in good form while at the Abbey, scoring twice for the League 2 side in last week’s 4-0 romp against Newport County.
Striker Liam Hughes has also been among the goals lately for the U’s but Tom Champion has been having treatment on a bruised knee all week and may have to pass a late fitness test before a decision is taken on his participation.
Cambridge have won six but lost five of their 12 home matches in their first season back in League 2 but nothing will have prepared them for a game against the former Premier League champions.
The two clubs have only met twice before in meaningful competition, A two-legged League Cup tie in 1991 which Manchester United won 4-1 on aggregate.
Cambridge won the Conference Premier play-off final and FA Trophy Final at Wembley last year so manager Richard Money isn’t expecting the occasion to get to his players but Louis van Gaal fielded seven internationals in the last round at Yeovil having learned his lesson when a weakened side lost at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup earlier this season.
This tie might be hard work for the Premier League big guns in the early stages but their class should shine through in the end. The visitors are 27/10 to win by two goals with Juan Mata possibly a decent bet to be an anytime scorer at 6/4.
The FA Cup Fourth Round clash kicks off at 8.00pm on Friday, January 23rd at the R Costings Abbey Stadium.