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Cambridge v Man United: Expect goals as Red Devils shine at Abbey Stadium

| 23.01.2015

Manchester United head to the Abbey Stadium this week looking to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup with minimal fuss.

While the Red Devils have struggled to overcome lower league opposition in the past the bookies do not foresee a slip up, with Louis van Gaal’s men priced as the 2/9 favourites for victory.

The U’s will be buoyed by the successes of the likes of Exeter and Burton Albion in the past, however, and those expecting an upset can get 12/1 on Richard Money’s side recording a famous win.

Anyone fancying a replay at Old Trafford can back the draw at 11/2 but Ladbrokes News has picked three bets that look likely to offer better value.

Manchester United to score 4+ goals@ 2/1

After a less than impressive performance against QPR last time out United will be looking to put in a comprehensive display against their League Two opponents.

Radamel Falcao endured a frustrating afternoon against the R’s but is likely to be given a starting berth here and with a domestic cup record of 12 goals in 16 games for his former clubs Cambridge should be worried.

Van Gaal may ring the changes but with first-team places clearly up for grabs in the league those who do come in will be looking to impress the Dutchman, which could mean a busy night’s work for the hosts’ defence.

United to win and Falcao to score @ 5/6

The odds suggest the Premier League side will win this game at a canter but those odds improve when a goal for the aforementioned Falcao is factored in.

While a first goal is somewhat harder to predict, with Van Gaal saying Falcao still has lots to prove the striker will be going all out to ensure he doesn’t flop in front of goal again.

Luke Chadwick to score anytime @ 15/2

The 34-year-old may have had something of a journeyman’s career but that journey started at Old Trafford and no one in the U’s squad would take more satisfaction from scoring than the Cambridge-born midfielder.

Chadwick made 38 appearances for United between 1999 and 2003, picking up a Premier League winner’s medal in 2001, and will hope his experience helps the U’s to at least make a decent game of it.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.