After Sunday's win over League One Yeovil in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, Manchester United have been handed another trip to lower league opposition, this time at League Two Cambridge United.
Cambridge are the lowest ranked side left in the tournament sitting 14th in League Two some 79 places below their opponents. This is another chance for Manchester United fans to tick another ground off their list as there has only been one previous game between these two sides. That was back in 1991 when they played a two legged tie in the Rumbelows League Cup which Man United won 4-1 on aggregate. A 3-0 win at Old Trafford and a 1-1 draw at Cambridge saw United progress and ultimately go on and win the cup beating Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the final at Wembley courtesy of a Brian McClair goal.
Did you know there are a few links between the two clubs? One being Ron Atkinson, Luke Chadwick and the other Dion Dublin?
Ron Atkinson played for Cambridge and went on to manage Man United in the 1980`s winning two FA Cups in his time at Old Trafford. Dion Dublin was signed from Cambridge by Sir Alex Ferguson for £1m in August 1992 but he suffered a broken leg in a home game against Crystal Palace and his United career never really took off as United bought Eric Cantona a few months later and the rest is history.
Luke Chadwick who is a lifelong Cambridge supporter spent four years at Old Trafford before moving around the lower leagues finally ending up at The Abbey Stadium in Cambridge.
The U`s as they are known have recently returned to league football after a nine year spell in non-league football.
So it will be another match of the haves and have-nots, David and Goliath when United make the 180 mile trip to Cambridge over the weekend of the 24th & 25th January. This game is likely to be top billing on television and The U`s will no doubt sell the 9,600 stadium in record time and probably could fill it several times over for the visit of the 11 times winners of the FA Cup.
That is the magic of the FA Cup.
Written by Ian Hope [@74hopey]