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Cambridge United manager expects big things from Gearoid Morrissey after Old Trafford debut

Gearoid Morrissey was close to starting against Manchester United, revealed Richard Money.

Gearoid Morrissey in his Cork City days.
Gearoid Morrissey in his Cork City days.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED MANAGER Richard Money believes that recently-signed League of Ireland duo Gearoid Morrissey and Rory Gaffney will make a big impact with the League Two side.

Morrissey and Gaffney were on the bench for Cambridge’s 3-0 FA Cup fourth round defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford with Morrissey making a second-half debut but Money revealed that he was “tempted” to field the the former Cork City midfielder from the beginning despite his relative lack of fitness.

“I was very tempted to start him [Morrissey] because we think he’s a really nice footballer,” Money said. “We’re looking forward to what he can bring the football club and we know that Rory will score goals when he’s fit.”

Gaffney was signed from Limerick City over the winter after impressing in front of goal in the 2014 Premier Division but the long off-season in Ireland means that both are still catching up with their full-time colleagues at Cambridge.

Soccer - FA Cup - Fouth Round - Replay - Manchester United v Cambridge United - Old Trafford Cambridge United's Sullay KaiKai, Gearoid Morrissey and Tom Elliott stand dejected. Source: Mike Egerton

“I call him “G”, because his first name is very difficult to pronounce, is probably further forward at the minute than Rory in terms of his fitness levels,” Money said.

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“What we have to understand is the league finished in November and obviously we couldn’t register them until January. So November, December, January into February, that’s three months. They are still in some type of transition regarding fitness. It’s almost like a mini pre-season for them. They’ve both picked up slight niggles which doesn’t help.”

Cambridge sit 14th in League Two, eight points outside the play-off places, and face Wycombe Wanderers this weekend.

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