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Result: Cambridge United earn Old Trafford replay

Cambridge United earn a replay at Old Trafford after holding Manchester United to a goalless draw in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Cambridge United have earned a replay in the fourth round of the FA Cup after holding Manchester United to a goalless draw at Abbey Stadium this evening.

Tom Elliott of Cambridge United heads towards goal under pressure from Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Cambridge United and Manchester United at The R Costings Abbey Stadium on January 23, 2015© Getty Images

Cambridge made a bright start to the match, resulting in Ryan Donaldson setting up a chance for Tom Elliott, but the striker could only head the ball wide.

The home side looked dangerous from set pieces but it was the Premier League side who threatened from open play, although an Antonio Valencia cross for Adnan Januzaj ended up in the hands of Chris Dunn.

The League Two side had a good chance to open the scoring before the break when Michael Nelson attempted to head in from a corner, but his finished was blocked by teammate Josh Coulson, who could then only head over.

Louis van Gaal's side looked lively as half time approached, but Angel di Maria had a couple of efforts fly wide, while Dunn was on hand to deny Daley Blind.

Januzaj tried to get the visitors off to a quick start in the second half as he attempted to squeeze the ball in from a tight angle after a header on from Phil Jones, but the keeper held firm.

James Wilson of Manchester United battles for the ball with Josh Coulson of Cambridge United during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Cambridge United and Manchester United at The R Costings Abbey Stadium on January 23, 2015© Getty Images

Radamel Falcao came close to breaking the deadlock just after the hour mark when Michael Carrick played the ball through to the Colombian, but Dunn managed to tip his low effort around the post.

Van Gaal sent Robin van Persie on for the final 20 minutes in a bid to force a winner, but the Dutch international spurned his first chance, slicing his shot well high.

Ander Herrera also came on late to try to avoid the replay for the Premier League side, but he was unable to find Falcao and Van Persie in the box after making a run down the right flank.

Having defended for much of the second half, Cambridge went on the attack in the final five minutes, but David de Gea kept Donaldson's strike out.

Dunn had to make a double save in stoppage time as the visitors piled forward late on, but Januzaj and Van Persie were both denied before Cambridge scrambled the ball clear.

The result ensures that both sides will go into the draw for the fifth round of the Cup on Monday, and they will meet again at Old Trafford.

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Tom Elliott of Cambridge United heads towards goal under pressure from Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Cambridge United and Manchester United at The R Costings Abbey Stadium on January 23, 2015
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