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Published:Wednesday | February 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM
AP Manchester United's Juan Mata (right) celebrates with Marouane Fellaini after scoring during the English FA Cup fourth-round replay against Cambridge at Old Trafford Stadium yesterday.


Manchester United overcame fourth-tier Cambridge in an FA Cup replay yesterday, winning 3-0 less than two weeks after a humbling 0-0 draw.

Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and second-half substitute James Wilson scored to send United through to a fifth-round match at third-tier Preston.

"I think that is our greatest chance to win a title," United manager Louis van Gaal said of his team, which is third in the league and not in Europe.

Man United's opener came in the 25th minute. Angel di Maria latched on to a clever pass from Paddy McNair and whipped a cross to the back post. Marouane Fellaini nodded the ball down to Mata and he stabbed the ball in off the bar.

Seven minutes later, the nerves inside Old Trafford eased further as the lead was doubled.

Fellaini's shot was deflected into the path of Robin van Persie and the striker curled a short-range cross with the outside of his left boot to find Rojo, who headed in his first goal for the club.

After Di Maria and Van Persie came off, their replacements combined for the third goal in the 73rd minute.

Ander Herrera drove at the Cambridge defence and laid the ball off for Wilson, who smacked a powerful low shot across goalkeeper Chris Dunn into the far corner.

The night's other FA Cup replay Sunderland came from behind to beat Fulham 3-1.