Michael Cox for The Guardian:
Louis van Gaal started with a midfield diamond, despite saying that system often made the coaching team “twitch our ass on the bench” earlier in the week. Manchester United’s build-up play was dreadfully slow: Cambridge allowed their centre-backs time on the ball, and some of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo’s forward passing was remarkably wayward.
It was a rather dire affair, but that is exactly what Cambridge wanted. They were excellent in defence. Organised, hard-working, and intelligent in their movement, they denied Manchester any space in the final third until they became tired in the last 20-30 minutes of the match.
Whatever happens at Old Trafford in the repeat match, Cambridge can be proud of their work on Friday.