Cambridge United got a home draw against Manchester United in the FA Cup and figured they had a decent shot at earning a famous result that their fans would remember for the rest of their lives. What they got is something much less cool, but much more important long-term: A replay at Old Trafford.
In the FA Cup, revenues from the live gate are split between the two teams, meaning Cambridge gets half of the money made from tickets and concessions on Tuesday. That'll be a seven-figure sum, which should pay most of the club's bills for the next year and allow them to invest in higher wages for players, stadium expansion or training facility improvements.
So win or lose on Tuesday, Cambridge United have already gotten as much out of the FA Cup as any League Two or lower side could ever hope to get out of it. Of course, they'll be trying to win the game anyway, and based on their performance in the first match of this tie, it's not an impossible goal. They'll also be playing a United side that's without Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans and Ashley Young, while some other key names are likely to be rested.
Match date/time: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
TV: FOX Sports 1 (U.S. - English), FOX Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), BT Sport 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada)