Cambridge United defied the odds on Friday night to hold Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in their fourth-round FA Cup tie at the Abbey Stadium.
While captain Wayne Rooney was absent, United manager Louis van Gaal still named a strong team that began the match in a 4-4-2 diamond formation, with youngsters Adnan Jauzaj and James Wilson earning the chance to impress from the start.
The Visitors controlled the majority of proceeding but ultimately struggled to break down a resolute Cambridge side, which had plenty of their own chances to open the scoring over the course of the 90 minutes.
The League Two club had to survive a late onslaught, as Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and substitute Robin van Persie all went close, but the top-flight giants couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Chris Dunn.
Lying 12th in their division and 72 places below United in the football pyramid, Cambridge will now travel to Old Trafford for a money-spinning replay, which Van Gaal clearly wasn't best pleased about having to pencil into his diary.
“I was very disappointed at half-time because we made the same error against Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers,” the Dutchman told the club’s official website. “We played in the same style of play [as the opposition] and you don't have to do that.
"Cambridge are the weaker team - everybody knows that - and you have to solve that problem [of how to beat them]. You cannot always solve that problem and I have seen that a lot of times. But fortunately we are still in the FA Cup. We have to play at home and we have to beat them.”
United might not have been satisfied with the result but, for Cambridge and the neutrals, it was night when the “magic of the FA Cup” mantra was well and truly enforced, with the following images being some of the best from the encounter.