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Cambridge is a city of two halves ahead of the big match

Cambridge is bracing itself for one of its biggest sporting encounters for years as Cambridge United entertain Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Thousands of excited Cambridge fans are looking forward to the game, not everyone in the university city is thrilled at the prospect.

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MK Dons manager Robinson admits Newcastle United interest in Alli

Dele Alli could be heading to Newcastle United. Credit: PA

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has admitted that Premier League side Newcastle United are interested in signing highly-rated midfielder Dele Alli.

The 18-year-old has attracted considerable interest from the top flight, but some reports have suggested that Newcastle could be about to jump to the front of the queue by tabling a £9million bid.

Robinson says that no official offer has been submitted yet however.

“There’s been a lot of talk over Dele and Newcastle United and certain clubs.

I think it’s a bit more than paper talk but there’s nothing that we’ve heard yet.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager

Van Gaal insists Cambridge won't be easy

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal insists it won't be easy facing Cambridge United in the FA Cup tonight... even though there are 77 places between the two clubs.

Cambridge are currently 12th in League Two while the Red Devils - who beat League One Yeovil in Round Three - sit 3rd in the Premier League.

When you see Cambridge and you analyse Cambridge they play very direct, there's long balls, they have five or six players above one metre 90, so it's difficult for us to defend against.

– Louis Van Gaal

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Cambridge's Coulson: It will be "an honour" to face Man Utd

Cambridge United's longest serving player Josh Coulson says it will be "an honour" to play against manchester United when the clubs meet in the FA Cup tonight.

It's no doubt one of the biggest games of Coulson's career, although two wins at Wembley in the same season will certainly rank high on his list of 209 club appearances.

But the 25 year old says it's the draw every club wants.

When you're in the hat and man United are in there, you want Man United. Its just a pleasure and it'll be an honour to play against them.

– Josh Coulson

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MK Dons swoop for Manchester City hotshot Cole

Devante Cole was on loan at Barnsley earlier this season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have announced the loan signing of highly-rated Manchester City striker Devante Cole.

The 19-year-old, who is the son of former Manchester United forward Andy Cole, will stay at stadium:mk until the end of the campaign.

Cole has already spent time on loan at the Dons' League One rivals Barnsley this season, scoring seven goals in the process.

Devante is the son of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole. Credit: PA

“Devante is a player I’ve wanted to bring to the Football Club for a long time.

He’s an exciting youngster who can play either on the wing or up-front, he’s quick and he knows how to score goals.

He’s held in high regard by Manchester City and the FA, having represented England at all levels from Under-16s to Under-19s, and I can’t wait to work with him for the remainder of the season.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager

In other news, Dons boss Karl Robinson has been handed a four-match touchline ban.

It's after he was deemed to have used foul and abusive language towards a Bradford City player in September's defeat.

Colchester United move for experienced striker Porter

Chris Porter has joined Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed experienced striker Chris Porter on a free transfer.

Sheffield United agreed to cancel the 31-year-old's contract at Bramall Lane so that he could make the switch to Essex.

Porter has signed an 18-month deal with the U's, and will help to fill the void left by Freddie Sears who joined Ipswich Town last week.

Sears scored his first goal for Town in last night's 3-2 defat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Matthew Briggs has signed until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Colchester have also signed Millwall left-back Matthew Briggs on loan until the end of the seaon.

Peterborough United manager Ferguson hit with touchline ban

Darren Ferguson has been handed a two-match touchline ban. Credit: PA

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been handed a two-match touchline ban.

The 42-year-old was sent to the stands at half-time during last week's defeat to Colchester United.

Ferguson admitted to using improper language and/or behaviour at a personal hearing yesterday. He's also been fined £1000 and warned about his future conduct.

His suspension won't come into effect until the Football Association receives the written reasons for the decision by the Independent Regulatory Commission.

U's announce plans to stay at Abbey Stadium

Fans at the R Costings Abbey Stadium Credit: PA

Cambridge United has announced plans to stay at the R Costings Abbey Stadium whilst developing a sporting village in Trumpington.

The club had considered moving to a new stadium elsewhere in the city. Now on the eve of an FA Cup clash with Manchester United the U's say they'll revamp the R Costings Abbey Stadium.

The news came in a joint announcement from the club and its promoters Grosvenor. It said a team of researchers consulted Cambridge’s 70 leading sporting clubs, local authorities, and education bodies. The club says it's the most detailed audit of the city and region’s need for additional sporting facilities ever produced.

The announcement comes after years of consultation and speculation around the future of Cambridge United and whether they would stay at their spiritual home or relocate elsewhere.

Abbey Stadium Credit: PA

Cambridge United are a progressive club but our stadium is antiquated and unfit for purpose if we are to continue the progression of the last eighteen months.

– Jez George, Cambridge United Chief Executive

We need to be able to grow our non match-day income and generate additional revenue on match days so we can grow a sustainable business. Otherwise, the club cannot grow beyond our current level. We also need facilities fit for the 21st century to give supporters, now including an increasing number of families and youngsters, a good experience when they visit the football club.

– ez George, Cambridge United Chief Executive
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