Having not qualified for the Champions League this season and after getting knocked out of the League Cup at the hands of MK Dons, Manchester United’s fixture list has not been as hectic as it used to be. Thus the arrival of the prestigious FA Cup will be a welcome boost for the players who would be desperate to win something this season.
Ander Herrera is anxiously awaiting the third round match against Yeovil Town to experience the atmosphere of a traditional British tie having followed the competition from afar during his time in La Liga.
“It’s different to the Spanish Cup because it’s more about the knockout situation,” Herrera said.
“In Spain we play two legs in the Cup, so I think it’s good that it can be down to just one game here, it makes it very emotional. So I like the FA Cup and when I was in Spain I always watched it.”
“It’s a very interesting competition. Every team has a chance to win it, which is good. I want to play in this competition and it’s a big chance for us to win a cup.”
“I think all the supporters can feel that excitement and some nerves for the game on the day. It’s a very important competition. Last season Arsenal won it and this season we want to be in the final.”
This will be United’s first game in the FA Cup this season and Herrera has learnt about it’s significance in the history of United having gazed at the evocative imagery and informative hallways at the Aon Training Complex.
“I have seen on the walls at the training ground how many times we have won the FA Cup. Manchester United has won it more times than anyone, just like the league. It’s an important competition for United but all the competitions are important for the club because we always want to win everything.”
“It would be fantastic [to play at Wembley] but we have to be humble for the moment because we have to win a lot of games to get there. But I think we have the qualities to be in the final.”