The Magic of English FA Cup: David & Goliath


Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal coined the phrase "twitching our ass" prior to his side's game at Cambridge. It must have been twitching overtime at the Abbey Stadium last night and it's safe to say he wasn't too happy after his moneybags side was held 0-0 by the League two minnows.

"Every aspect of the match is against us. We have to come here, the pitch is not so good, but that can influence also that you play in another playing style. The opponents are always giving a lot more than normally. And defending is always easier than attacking," said Van Gaal.

Just to give you an idea of Cambridge's achievement in holding Manchester United to a 0-0 draw, the Abbey Stadium side only got back in to the Football League this season after a nine-year absence. But does Cambridge boss Richard Money now believe they can go to Old Trafford and beat United?

"No. I don't, but you never know. We've said in the dressing room 'You're going to Old Trafford. Who cares what happens? Just go and enjoy it, soak it in'. This club has been in the doldrums for 10 years, out of the Football League, and suddenly here we are taking everybody back to Old Trafford. It's incredible," said Money.

Yes, the League Two minnows, whose starting XI cost nothing, held a United first XI which was worth £180m to a 0-0 draw to set up a money-spinning replay at Old Trafford. Cambridge wrote a little piece of FA Cup history as they battled to a 0-0 draw with Manchester United to earn a lucrative replay at Old Trafford.


It was another miserable outing to lower league opposition for Van Gaal’s men, who succumbed to a 4-0 thrashing at MK Dons in the League Cup earlier in the season.But the main story was the heroics of Cambridge, with many on social media quick to praise the League Two outfit’s efforts:




The Abbey Stadium outfit might be 76 places below their Premier League opponents but Louis van Gaal's side still couldn't find a way through Cambridge's defense. That, my friends, is what you call the magic of the Cup.



Source: Associate Press, Eurosport, BBC, The Guardian, Getty Images

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