[3rd-Feb-15] Manchester United 3-0 Cambridge United
A dominant display from Manchester United earns a trip to Deepdale to face Preston North End in the 5th round of the Fa Cup in 2 weekends’ time. The Red Devils had an early scare as Cambridge’s Tom Elliot should have capitalized on a mistake from Daley Blind, but instead fired the ball off the post in the opening minute of the game. Juan Mata would soon score from close range and off the crossbar before Marco Rojo doubled the Red Devils lead before halftime. In the second half, van Persie has denied a close opportunity for a three goal lead before substitute James Wilson managed to find the net from distance to give the home side a comfortable win into the next round of the competition.
The Manchester United boss started Premier League winning players including Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and David De Gea and generally fielded a full strength squad that included Blind and Di Maria. Cambridge brought 6,000+ fans to the away tie at Old Trafford as part of the 74,000+ in attendance.
Honestly, there’s not much to analyze from the game. Manchester United looked better for pace on the wing when they were getting the ball wide with the roles of Rooney and Di Maria, but this is to be expected against League Two opposition that paid no transfer fees for any of their starting 11 from the game.