FA Cup: Manchester United 'a dream' for Cambridge United

Man Utd draw stuns Cambridge boss

Cambridge United boss Richard Money has described the moment his side were drawn to face Manchester United in the FA Cup as "surreal".

The U's, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, will host the 11-times FA Cup winners and 20-times champions in the fourth round later in January.

"It's the game you dream about," Money told BBC Look East.

"You never really think it's going to happen, and when it's pulled out, it's just surreal. It's a strange feeling."

Cambridge returned to League Two last season, nine years after they were relegated to the Conference and almost went out of business.

Drama in the FA Cup fourth round draw

The U's were days away from liquidation in 2005 before then-sports minister Richard Caborn intervened to broker a deal between the club and the Inland Revenue over a £500,000 debt.

For chairman Dave Doggett, it is another signal of the team's progress, after winning last season's Conference play-off final and the FA Trophy.

"I'm pinching myself. All evening I've been thinking about who it could be and it's Man United at home. Well, knock me down with a feather," he said.

"It's absolutely unbelievable. We were the second tie out of the hat and we never watched the rest of it.

"All around the world people are saying 'who are Man United playing?' But then everyone has heard of Cambridge, haven't they?"

Cambridge's only professional appearances against United came over a two-legged League Cup tie in the 1991-92 season.

Former Cambridge United and Manchester United striker Dion Dublin
"Manchester United fans will expect to get through and rightly so, but stranger things have happened at the Abbey," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"I've been part of sides that have beaten some big teams there, so the Cambridge boys have a chance.
"Man Utd have enough fans, enough money and enough trophies in the cabinet so I'm supporting the super U's - although I realised I'm in America when the game takes place!"

A Dion Dublin goal secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Abbey Stadium, but could not prevent a 4-1 defeat on aggregate.

And Money is looking forward to welcoming Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal to the 8,000-capacity ground.

"I hope it's not raining, because he will get wet with our new style dugouts," he said.

"We'll make them welcome. We will be humble and try to do as best as we can. It's the icing on the cake so far and we'd like the cake to keep growing."