Football

Money defends Abbey pitch

Cambridge head coach Richard Money has defended the Abbey Stadium pitch after it was criticised by Louis van Gaal.

The Manchester United boss said "every aspect of the match is against us" after his men were held to a 0-0 FA Cup draw by the League Two side yesterday morning (Singapore time).

It was a tough evening for the three-time European champions and they must face the underdogs again for the right to make the fifth round. They will do so on their home turf, though, rather than on a pitch which van Gaal was critical of.

But Money stood firm about his club's facilities and said: "We don't have the money to spend on the pitch to make it as it is at Old Trafford or anywhere else.

"The groundsman did a fantastic job to keep it in the condition it was. Yes it broke up a little bit, but it's the same for both teams, I have to say that."

Money said he had no dealings with van Gaal after the match.

"I didn't, the media commitments were ridiculous so I didn't get a chance to chat to any of their staff afterwards," he said.

"I know Ryan Giggs came into the coaching room with one or two members of staff and was very complimentary, so that was nice." - PA Sport.