MUFC COLUMN: Cambridge on a cold, Friday night in January

Keith Udale, of High Peak Reds.
Keith Udale, of High Peak Reds.

In the first of a series of columns, MUFC fan and High Peak Reds Supporters’ club secretary Keith Udale gives the lowdown on life following United home and away.

The glamour of the FA Cup: Cambridge United away on a Friday evening at 7.55pm.

Gone are the days of every game kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday and it’s all for the TV cameras.

No chance of getting there and back in a day on public transport.

If you drive then you can’t have a drink: where is the fun in that?

Part of the build-up is meeting up before the game to discuss the finer points.

Tickets were in short supply and great demand.

We had members who were not at home for the game, some had even flown in from the Isle of Man and Madrid.

The build up was good, the hotel was only half a mile from the ground, with a pub across the road and the hotel bar as a fallback option.

Over-zealous policing and stewards saw a few supporters having problems getting into the ground, even with valid tickets.

As for the game, well it could have been a banana skin.

United rested Rooney and Mata, played the same 3-5-2 system that the manager insists is the best line-up.

The ball seems to be passed square or backwards and when there is a chance of a break we don’t seem to be able to find the decisive pass.

A couple of chances late in the game for RVP and Falcao, but a 0-0 draw is not the result anyone expected.

As for Cambridge fans, they’re over the moon - this was their Cup final.

They now get to play United again at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

Surely, after the results on Saturday, where four of the top seven Premier League sides exited the competition we can’t miss this opportunity to progress towards Wembley.

I am sure you don’t need reminding that we have not won the FA Cup since 2004 when we beat Millwall 3-0 at Cardiff.

That was another trip where we spent two nights down there, taking a 55-seater coach and everyone having a great time.

With an away tie at Preston North End or Sheffield United for the winners and both grounds within an hour’s drive of the High Peak, let’s hope we see off Cambridge United.

Of course it could be a Friday or Monday night, but whatever date, United will be up for it and will no doubt take along a fanatical support.

The High Peak Branch provides transportation to both home and away games.

We have priority to apply for tickets for home games, support local charities and hold regular meetings amongst fellow United fans who have the same passion for Manchester United.

Visit our website at www.highpeakreds.com or come along to a branch meeting.