It has been over a decade since Manchester United last lifted the famous English Cup, it’s quite astonishing that Darren Fletcher is the only member of the United squad that has won the trophy with the club while Robin van Persie and Juan Mata have winners medals with Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.
Louis van Gaal is keen to make history at Old Trafford an while securing a Champions League spot will be his number one priority,an FA Cup success would go a long way to easing United’s journey back to the top.
Van Gaal vowed to target the FA Cup in early December stating,”I know what the FA Cup means to this club, our players and our fans. Its place in the history of Manchester United is well known. So it is hard to believe that long-serving players such as Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans have never won this cup. It is a medal I know they are desperate to get their hands on. Without Champions League football this season, and after the disappointment of being knocked out of the League Cup so early in the competition, the FA Cup will be a welcome addition to our current Premier League schedule.This is a very important competition and probably the most famous domestic cup in the world.”
Van Gaal has experienced the embarrassment of a giant-killing before when-during his second spell as Barcelona manager in 2002-he lost 3-2 to third-tier Novelda in the first round of the Copa del Rey and is wary of the Yeovil threat,”You never know what might happen in a cup match.You have to win because you will be out if you lose.”
Reports in the Dutch media suggest Daley Blind could be in line for a return to the bench while Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson will get much needed playing time. United could revert to a back four due to injuries sustained by Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
Predicted line-up: Lindegaard, Rafael,Smalling, Blackett, Shaw, Herrera, Fletcher, Carrick,Januzaj, Wilson, Falcao
Prediction: 3-0 United