Cambridge's fairytale run through to the fourth round may have come to an end, but their manager Richard Money enjoyed the trip to Old Trafford, which is set to net the club up to £1.5million.
"It means we can be safe and stable financially," Money said.
"We are not going to have a spending spree in the summer and have one massive effort to be promoted.
"We need to grow. We need a new stadium and a new training ground or new facilities at the training ground. That is what the cup run will do for us."