Manchester United face Cambridge United in their FA Cup fourth round replay tonight, with the League Two club earning a trip to Old Trafford after their resolute display brought about a goalless draw in the first game 11 days ago.
Tonight’s replay will only be United’s fifth in the past nine years, and as we going to see here, the matches are often eventful.
Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0, Quarter-final, 01/04/2013
It was Demba Ba who left United feeling foolish on April 1st, as his acrobatic volley sealed a tie which had required a replay after Chelsea had come from two goals down in the original game.
Strikes from Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney in the first 11 minutes had put the hosts in control at Old Trafford three weeks earlier, but Eden Hazard and Ramires took the tie to Stamford Bridge, where Ba won it in style for Rafa Benitez’s Chelsea. (that still sounds a bit odd, doesn’t it?)
Manchester United 1 West Ham 0, Third round, 16/01/2013
A last-gasp Robin van Persie strike at Upton Park kept United in the FA Cup third round and denied West Ham’s two-goal defender James Collins the chance to become an unlikely hero, and the Hammers were unable to recover in a low-key replay at Old Trafford.
Rooney, making his first appearance of 2013, slid in an early cross and that was about it, although the current United skipper still found time to miss a penalty late on.
Manchester United 1 Middlesbrough 0, Quarter-final, 19/03/2007
An excellent first quarter-final tie at the Riverside Stadium saw Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty earn a draw for the visitors after Lee Cattermole and George Boateng had threatened to take Middlesbrough through, and it was to be another Ronaldo spot-kick which settled the outcome.
The Portuguese was fouled by Jonathan Woodgate 14 minutes from time before picking himself up and scoring the winner from 12 yards, but there was still time for James Morrison to be sent off for the visitors for an, er, ‘agricultural’ challenge on the United hero.
Reading 2 Manchester United 3, Fifth round, 27/02/2007
Then of the Premier League, Reading had earned a creditable draw at Old Trafford in this fifth round tie thanks to a header from Brynjar Gunnarsson, but they must have regretted that draw six minutes into the replay at the Madejski Stadium.
Goals from Gabriel Heinze, Louis Saha and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw United race into a three-goal lead before many had even taken their seats, and although Reading threatened an improbable comeback thanks to Dave Kitson and Leroy Lita’s goals, the damage had already been done.
Manchester United 5 Burton Albion 0, Third round, 18/01/2006
Non-league Burton Albion – managed by Nigel Clough – had brilliantly held United to a goalless draw at their Pirelli Stadium a year after Exeter City had done the same at Old Trafford, but United weren’t in the mood to hang around once the replay kicked off.
Backed by almost 11,000 travelling fans – the largest away contingent ever seen at Old Trafford at the time – the Brewers put up a brave effort but were ultimately well beaten by a brace from Giuseppe Rossi and strikes from Saha, Kieran Richardson and Ryan Giggs, ensuring that their lowly visitors left with nothing but memories.