Cambridge’s heart-warming FA Cup run came to an end as Manchester United snuffed out any hopes of another shock at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and second-half substitute James Wilson scored in the 3-0 win which sent United through to a fifth-round tie at League One Preston.
Cambridge failed to match the heroics of Bradford and Middlesbrough - who knocked out Chelsea and Manchester City respectively - but it could have been a much different story had Tom Elliott converted a great opportunity after just 50 seconds.
Cambridge will not care about that though. The 6,500 fans they brought to Old Trafford - and the supporters they have won along this FA Cup run - were just delighted the team made it this far.
And in fairness to the League Two outfit they put up more than a fight in their two fixtures against the 20-time English champions.
The 0-0 draw against United 11 days ago will live long in the memory of the club’s fans - as will their trip to Old Trafford, where they came up against a team worth almost £240million.
The £1million windfall the minnows have earned from this replay will come in particularly handy to Cambridge, who have an annual turnover of £1.6million.