Cambridge United players told to pay for swapping shirts against Manchester United

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Cambridge United players hoping to swap shirts with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao have been sent a warning by U's boss Richard Money, the cost of a replacement will come out of their wages.

Money's not interested in the romance of the FA Cup ahead of tonight's fourth round tie at the Abbey Stadium, or at least couldn't care less that his League Two upstarts will be desperate to get a cherished memory in what for some will be their only chance to play against a side like United.

If any of his plucky underdogs want to rip the shirt off Rooney's back it will mean a £40 fine, to make sure there's a replacement Cambridge strip available for Tuesday's midweek monster clash with.... Dagenham & Redbridge.

Here's what Money, yes we are choosing to overlook that wonderfully ironic surname, told the Express: "We're not wealthy enough to give any of our shirts away," he said. "We only have two strips, so if they give their shirt away they're going to have to replace it.

"It would appear that in the Premier League they give their shirt away after every game - sometimes at half-time. I don't understand why a top-class player would want another top-class player's shirt at half-time."

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Magic of the cup 

Surely it's got to be a small price worth paying for entire Cambridge squad, with a birthday or Christmas present in the bag given the great swathes of United fans all over the country.

Much more likely is a framed spot pride of place in the front room for the likes of Kewsi Appiah and Luke Chadwick, who adds another element of intrigue to the tie.

Chadwick spent five years at United and was part of the Champions League winning squad in 1999, but has seen his career come full circle after signing for hometown club Cambridge last year.

The 34-year-old helped the U's return the Football League, but a goal or positive result against the club where he made his name would surely top even that landmark achievement.

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