Radamel Falcao and James Wilson failed to have an impact on Manchester United’s encounter against Cambridge United but it was largely due to the poor performance from United’s midfielders.
In a tie where Man United had to take the game to the home side, their midfielders failed to move the ball clinically enough. Poor passing from the likes of Carrick, Fellaini, Di Maria, Januzaj and Jones (amongst others) meant that Cambridge were able to muscle the two strikers out of the game quite easily.
Although Falcao and Wilson could have offered more with their movement at times, the distinct lack of service over the full 90 minutes made it very difficult for them to influence the game and ultimately left Man United with very few chances to score. The fact Wilson only made five passes in the first half says a lot about how little he was able to influence the game.
The match was a painful watch. Only a few positive, incisive passes would have opened up Cambridge’s defence, yet Carrick and co. could only manage weak sideways passes that went nowhere.
Man United only carved out three real chances in the whole encounter which all came as a result of quick, positive passing. If United were more cutting edge and bold in their play, the tie could have been over by half time.
The introduction of Ander Herrera saw Man United look like a more forward thinking team but his directness and positivity wasn’t enough to help a United side, now with only five goals in six games, to avoid a Fourth Round FA Cup replay against the League Two minnows.