At Manchester Robin van Persie has overcome his ankle injury, Luke Shaw and Rafael are fit again and the price United paid to sign any one of those players could buy and sell the whole Cambridge team with the stadium thrown in for good measure. Yet it is the FA Cup and it is famous for throwing up surprises no matter how big a club is involved.
From what we know about Cambridge we can tell anyone interested that they play a very direct kind of football and with their attacking options consisting of five players who are over 6ft 3in they are going to be very difficult to defend against. It is not quite as easy to beat Cambridge as Manchester United might think.
Cambridge may even settle for a draw tonight so that they can go back to Old Trafford and earn millions from the reply. They have met just once before – a League Cup second-round tie in 1991. Manchester United won the first leg 3-0 thanks to goals from a 17-year old Ryan Giggs, Steve Bruce and Brian McClair. The second leg at the Abbey Stadium was drawn 1-1. Future Manchester United striker Dion Dublin scored for Cambridge while McClair was again on the score sheet for the Red Devils.
We all love shouting for the underdog, and Cambridge are undoubtedly the underdogs, but surely Manchester United are not going to blow it against such a large underdog are they?