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Manchester United aiming to avoid FA Cup upset at Old Trafford

| 03.02.2015

Manchester United, 11/4 with Coral for an FA Cup triumph, will be hoping to avoid a sensational upset at Old Trafford in their FA Cup fourth round replay with Cambridge United.

Louis van Gaal’s men were haplessly held to a goalless draw at the Abbey Stadium in their first meeting by a courageous Cambridge side, despite fielding many international stars including David De Gea, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

Cambridge, 25/1 to win, produced an admirable performance to frustrate the Premier League giants and record a famous result, but will face an even tougher challenge to repeat their efforts at Old Trafford.

For United, nothing less than a comprehensive victory will be enough, with Van Gaal hoping to seal a place in this year’s fifth round in an aim for silverware success in his first season at the club.

Having lost just once in their last 11 home games in all competitions, the Red Devils look set to ease past their League Two opposition and are 3/1 to net five or more goals.

The Old Trafford outfit returned to winning ways last time out with a comfortable 3-1 triumph over Leicester City, and were were boosted by Swansea City’s win over Southampton, meaning they finished the weekend in third spot.

In a bid to avoid an embarrassing upset, Van Gaal could look to Wayne Rooney in attack, with the club captain having been rested during the first Cambridge clash. Record-chasing Rooney is 3/1 to bag a brace or more as he chases Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record for United.

Ander Herrera, Paddy McNair and James Wilson are also in contention for a starting place at Old Trafford, with United’s promising young striker 7/2 to score first.

Since their defiant draw, Cambridge have been in poor form, again drawing with Dagenham and Redbridge before stuttering a 3-2 loss at the hands of Luton Town in their previous outing.

Richard Money’s men are without a win in three games and have secured victory in just one of their previous four matches on the road. After a lacklustre run, they find themselves 14th in the League Two table but are available at 66/1 to cause a famous upset and both teams to score.

Luke Chadwick won the Premier League during his spell at Old Trafford and could be handed a start against his former employers, following an appearance from the bench in the side’s previous encounter.

The 34-year-old is 12/1 to net anytime on his return to Manchester, with the club’s top scorer Tom Elliot available at 25/1 to open the scoring and add to his five goals this season.

Van Gaal’s men are aiming to capture an incredible 12th FA Cup crown and end an 11 year run without lifting England’s most prestigious cup competition.

The Red Devils are also involved in a fight for fourth place in the Premier League and are odds-on 4/9 to claim the coveted last Champions League spot.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.