FA Cup replay: Manchester United vs Cambridge United match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s FA Cup fourth round replay at Old Trafford

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Cambridge United will be hoping an upset is on the cards as they travel to Old Trafford in the fourth round of the FA Cup tonight.

The lowest ranked team in the cup competition, Cambridge held their Premier League opposition to a goalless draw in the first leg at the Abbey Stadium.

Manchester United are enjoying somewhat of a resurgence under Louis Val Gall at the moment and are coming into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over Leicester City to further cement their top four credentials. United will be without Michael Carrick for the fixture but Chris Smalling and Johnny Evans could make a return.

Three divisions below, Cambridge United find themselves battling mid-table of League 2. Coming off the back of a 3-2 loss to rivals Luton Town, Cambridge will be disappointed that they have failed to maintain any real consistency this season despite maintain an unbeaten record in January until the very last day. 

Goal scoring hasn’t been a problem for the League 2 side however, who put seven past Hyde, and five past Carlisle and Oxford United earlier in the season.

The Red Devils on the other hand, despite boasting a good defensive record in the league, have gone behind in too many fixtures this season and Cambridge will undoubtedly be looking to capitalise on this by putting them on the back foot from the off. 

KICK-OFF: Tuesday 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Cambridge United 0 Manchester United 0 FA Cup, January 2015

Cambridge United 1 Manchester United 1 League Cup, October 1991

Manchester United 3 Cambridge United 0 League Cup, September 1991

STATS…

Manchester United and Cambridge United have only met once before this tie in the League Cup in 1991-92. The Red Devils won 4-1 on aggregate over two legs.

If Cambridge win tonight it will be the first time they have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup since 1999-2000.

Manchester United have won five of their last six games at Old Trafford, only slipping up against Southampton.

Only Northampton Town have scored more League 2 goals than Cambridge United this season.

ODDS…

Manchester United to win: 1.12

Cambridge United to win: 33

Draw: 12

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10:50pm.

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