Manchester United face another potential FA Cup banana skin on Friday evening as they travel to the lowest ranked team still in the competition, League Two’s Cambridge United.
Promoted back to the Football League through the play-offs last season after nine years away, Cambridge’s inconsistent results has seen them spend most of this term in mid-table, but they come into this on a good run of form and having thrashed high-flying Newport County on Saturday.
The U’s have good technical players in their team including former Newcastle United youth player Ryan Donaldson, Crystal Palace loanee Kwesi Appiah and veteran Luke Chadwick, who began his career with the visitors. Big striker Tom Elliott has the physical strength to trouble the away defence.
Louis van Gaal will know not to take this one lightly after his side often found the going tough at Yeovil Town in Round Three, where they survived occasional scares before recording a 2-0 victory. On the other hand, this draw provides them with a superb chance of making the last 16.
The Dutchman will hope to be the man to end Man Utd’s 11-year wait to win the FA Cup again, while form has been patchy of late. Victory at Queens Park Rangers was only their third in the league away from home all season, and means they are still clinging on to a top four place.
The hosts are without cup-tied trio Mateo Lanzoni, Jordan Chiedozie and Johnny Hunt. Robin van Persie will be fit to represent Man Utd, who have Luke Shaw and Rafael da Silva back after injury.
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