Newport County's FA Cup dreams dashed after 4-2 Manchester United victory

Newport County fans witnessed perhaps their biggest spectacle yet when they played host to Manchester United on Sunday night. Credit: PA Images

Newport County's FA Cup dreams were dashed after Premier League giants Manchester United snatched a victory in the FA Cup fourth round clash at Rodney Parade on Sunday evening.

Man Utd got off to strong start, with Bruno Fernandes scoring the first goal within minutes to give an early lead.

But the Exiles fought back to give the visitors a scare, thanks to two goals from Bryn Morris and Will Evans.Despite a hard-found 90 minutes, it wasn't to be for the Welsh hosts – with the result at the final whistle 4-2 to Man Utd.

Newport County's Will Evans scored the side's second goal of the game during the FA Cup fourth round clash. Credit: PA Images

While not the result they had dreamed of, it was still a day to remember for Newport County fans as they played host to arguably the most recognisable football club in the world.The atmosphere on the streets of Newport was building hours before Sunday's kick off.

Tickets for the fixture had sold out in minutes and an extra stand was built to accommodate demand.

Just over 9,000 fans crammed into Rodney Parade to watch the historic tie.

  • ITV Wales reporter Marina Jenkins was in Newport soaking up the pre-game atmosphere

Despite Man Utd emerging triumphant, Newport County won't walk away from the day empty-handed.

The League Two club is set to pocket £400,000 from the Red Devils' visit.

That's without the cash injection into the local economy – in hotels, restaurants and bars – thanks to visiting fans.

Meanwhile in the tournament, Wrexham AFC will travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers on Monday night in another FA Cup fourth round tie.

The winner of that match will host Newcastle United in the fifth round.

Want a quick and expert briefing on the biggest news stories? Listen to our latest podcasts to find out What You Need To know...