Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by League Two outfit Cambridge United on another embarrassing evening for under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.
Seventy-five places separate the two clubs, but United were made to look ordinary by their opponents.
It was the hosts who went closest to scoring inside the first half - Josh Coulson heading over from close range - and Richard Money’s side kept United at bay thanks to some resolute defending.
Radamel Falcao almost broke the deadlock for the Red Devils after the break, but was denied by an excellent Chris Dunn save. And the Cambridge United goalkeeper pulled off another great stop from Angel di Maria to set up a lucrative replay at Old Trafford.
As for Van Gaal, serious questions over Manchester United’s lack of progress under his leadership must now be asked.
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Here’s how his players rated.
David de Gea: 6
Manchester United’s world-class goalkeeper had little to do, but these abject performances may convince the Spaniard to hold off signing that contract extension for a little longer. A move to Real Madrid must be more tempting than ever before.
Antonio Valencia: 5
A typically frustrating performance from a player who must be running out of time at Old Trafford. Happy to run up and down the right touchline, but lacks composure and quality.
Phil Jones: 4.5
One of the England international’s worst performances since joining Manchester United in 2011. Showed a lack of concentration and focus and subsequently made a string of errors over the course of the 90 minutes. However, an important late clearing header redeemed him to a small extent.
Marcos Rojo: 7
Manchester United’s best player in the first half. There have been questions marks over his defensive capabilities, but the Argentina international showed tonight that he does have a future at centre-back.
Daley Blind: 5
Defensively suspect, never really looked comfortable and was substituted in the closing stages for Luke Shaw.
Michael Carrick: 5
Disappointing. Manchester United’s best passing midfielder was far too safe in possession and failed to dictate the tempo of the match. Avoids a score less than five thanks to one good pass to Radamel Falcao in the second half.
Marouane Fellaini: 5
Started over Ander Herrera but failed to impress. Never got a chance to use his height to Manchester United’s advantage.
Adnan Januzaj: 7
Handed a rare start and looked the classiest player on the pitch during the opening 45 minutes. Influence waned after the break, but proved to Louis van Gaal that he has deserved more opportunities in recent months.
Angel di Maria: 6
Posed a danger in possession but didn’t see enough of the ball. Played one sublime pass to Robin van Persie in the second half which the Dutch striker really should have converted. Almost won the match with a late volley.
James Wilson: 5
Quiet night for Manchester United’s teenage striker. Struggled to get involved, picked up a booking for reckless tackle and was substituted minutes later for Robin van Persie.
Radamel Falcao: 6
Showed good movement but service to Manchester United’s number nine was virtually non-existent during the first half. Had one great chance to score after the break but was denied by an excellent Chris Dunn save.
Ander Herrera: 6
Manchester United fans must be wondering why Ander Herrera can’t get a start under Louis van Gaal. Brings more energy to the side than the pedestrian Fellaini.
Robin van Persie: 5.5
Skied a shot over the bar minutes after coming off the bench. Needed to score.
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