FA Cup draw: Cambridge look to the money after being paired against Manchester United

Club say improvements will be able to be made more swiftly

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Cambridge United boss Richard Money was left pinching himself after his side drew Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Money described the clash, which will take place at Abbey Stadium later this month, as a "dream".

The match-up with the Red Devils is Cambridge's reward for their 2-1 victory over Luton Town on Saturday and Money was almost speechless after the draw.

"It's a game you can only dream of and there were just so many emotions going through my mind when the draw was made," Money said in quotes reported by the Telegraph.

The 59-year-old admitted the cash windfall Cambridge could stand to receive will make a massive difference to the club.

"I'm not counting my chickens just yet but I'd expect the game to be selected for live television so it will obviously be a huge boost financially," he added.

"Our finances are stable anyway but this tie will enable us to make improvements on and off the field far quicker than we could have done."

There are 79 league places separating Cambridge, who are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, and Louis van Gaal's high-flying Old Trafford outfit.

When Lawrie Sanchez, who famously nodded home the only goal of the 1988 FA Cup final for Wimbledon against Liverpool, and grassroots coach Stef Loucaides pulled those names out of the hat live on BBC1 there was an audible gasp at the pairing.

It is yet another example of the magic of the cup and the U's are fully prepared to make the most of it, with several players taking to Twitter to celebrate the draw.

One of them, winger Harrison Dunk, tweeted: "Man Utd at home in the FA Cup buzzzzing!!"

Amid the excitement, Money is keen to keep his players' feet on the ground and make sure their form in League Two does not suffer in the meantime.

But even he is looking forward to welcoming opposite number Van Gaal, who is aiming to win United's first FA Cup for 11 years, to East Anglia.

He added: "We've got two league games until we play United and I'll make sure we keep everyone's feet on the ground. I'll have to get a nice bottle of wine ready for Louis van Gaal, I'll probably have to have a word with the chairman!"

Another draw that captures the imagination is Chelsea potentially being pitted against London rivals Millwall - if the Lions come through their replay with Bradford.

West Brom have also been given a tasty derby, with them making the short trip to St Andrew's to take on Birmingham City.

Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster gleefully reacted to the fixture on Twitter, saying: "Awesome FA Cup draw!!"

Holders Arsenal, who eased past last year's beaten finalists Hull 2-0 on Sunday, will travel to the south coast to take on newly-appointed Chris Hughton's Brighton.

Alan Pardew, who is also settling into a new role having swapped Newcastle for Crystal Palace last week, will take his side on the road again to Southampton or Ipswich.

Burnley or Tottenham will take on Leicester at home, depending on the outcome of their replay, while Liverpool will host Bolton.

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, who currently sit top of the Sky Bet Championship, will test themselves against top-flight opposition when they are away to Aston Villa, while Blackburn will do the same at home to Swansea.

Current Premier League champions Manchester City host Middlesbrough, Stoke face a trip to Rochdale, Sunderland host either Fulham or Wolves and either Everton or West Ham will face the winner of Doncaster Rovers and Bristol City away from home.

There are three all-Football League encounters, with Derby at home to either Scunthorpe or Chesterfield, Preston taking on Sheffield United and Cardiff hosting Reading.

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