FA Cup: Manchester United leave nothing to chance as they cruise past Cambridge United

Manchester United booked an FA Cup fifth round trip to Preston after sweeping aside lower league Cambridge United 3-0 at Old Trafford last night.

David Cooper
by David Cooper
4th February 2015

article:4th February 2015

Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini celebrate after combining to score Manchester United's first goal against Cambridge United in the FA Cup.
Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini celebrate after combining to score Manchester United's first goal against Cambridge United in the FA Cup.

Manchester United booked an FA Cup fifth round trip to Preston after sweeping aside lower league Cambridge United 3-0 at Old Trafford last night.

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Where United had been embarrassed by a goalless draw in their original fourth round tie, they left nothing to chance in the replay with coach Louis van Gaal selecting a strong side.

They did, however, suffer a scare in just the second minute as a stary pass was seized upon by U’s striker Tom Elliott who struck the post with David De Gea well beaten.

James Wilson scores Manchester United's third goal in the FA Cup fourth round replay.

But once Juan Mata tucked away Marouane Fellaini’s nod down an upset never looked on the cards. 

Marcos Rojo headed in from a corner before James Wilson made it three with a sharp finish. Preston booked their home tie with United thanks to a 3-1 win at Sheffield United. Paul Gallagher struck twice with Paul Huntington also on target. Jamie Murphy replied.

Sunderland joined them in the fifth round with a Marcus Bettinelli own goal, Ricardo Alvarez and Jordi Gomez firing them to a 3-1 win at Fulham.

Meanwhile, Liverpool travel to the Reebok Stadium tonight to face Bolton in a fourth round replay boosted by midfielder Phillipe Coutinho signing a new five-year deal.

The 22-year-old Brazilian, who joined the Reds from Inter Milan for £8.5million (Dh47m) in January 2013, has been one of the Reds outstanding players in recent months, and boss Brendan Rodgers said: “He deserves all the credit in the world for the attitude he has shown since coming to Liverpool.”

 

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