Cambridge holds Man United to 0-0 draw in FA Cup to earn Old Trafford replay

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Cambridge United’s goalkeeper Chris Dunn, left, saves a shot on goal by Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match between Cambridge United and Manchester United, in Cambridge, England, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Manchester United’s Phil Jones, right, heads the ball down under pressure form Cambridge United’s Tom Elliott during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match between Cambridge United and Manchester United, in Cambridge, England, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Cambridge United’s Sullay Kaikai, right, vies for the ball with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match between Cambridge United and Manchester United, in Cambridge, England, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Cambridge held visiting Manchester United to a 0-0 tie on the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night, earning the fourth-tier club a lucrative replay at Old Trafford.

Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie missed good chances to score in the second half as manager Louis van Gaal's team was repeatedly frustrated by the lowest-ranked club remaining in the competition. Cambridge is 12th in fourth-tier League Two.

The draw means the teams will play again at United's famous ground to decide the winner. While United will be a massive favorite, the replay is a victory in itself for Cambridge, which gets a share of the revenue from the game at the 75,000-capacity stadium.

"It's going to be a bit surreal," Cambridge midfielder Ryan Donaldson said. "Off to Old Trafford. Not bad, is it? ... A draw was a dream result for us, and we got it."

Van Gaal rested Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata for the game but otherwise fielded a strong lineup.

"Cambridge made it difficult for us," United midfielder Michael Carrick said. "Frustrating, because we wanted to be through, but at the same time we're still in it, and we have the replay."

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