Why the FA Cup is of high significance for Manchester United this year especially

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David Moyes leads Manchester United into the FA Cup for the first time this weekend, and will hope to take them all the way for the first time since 2004.

Manchester United have a great record in the FA Cup, having won the prestigious competition on eleven occasions. However they have not lifted the trophy since 2004 when they beat Millwall 3-0.

Wayne Rooney is one player who has never had the privilege of lifting the trophy aloft, something he shares with several in his squad - and his new manager.

Retaining the Premier League title looks unlikely at this point, but if David Moyes could pick up a trophy in his first season then the fans will be happier, and it would be a great foundation to build upon.

They are in the semi-final of the League Cup and have a good chance of progressing there with a tie against Sunderland. However even success in this competition would not be seen as much of an achievement to many United fans.

They want success in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. Unlike his predecessor Moyes should avoid playing some youngsters in the early rounds of the competition. He needs to ensure they progress as success in this competition could be vital.

It took Sir Alex Ferguson almost four years before he delivered a first trophy for the club (The FA Cup in 1990). After that the floodgates opened, and the rest is history. The sooner Moyes wins a trophy for United the better as it will allow him to settle down, and ease the pressure that comes with the job.

He should take the FA Cup very seriously, and it starts with a tough home tie against Swansea on Sunday. Further significance to the tie is the fact United have already lost at home four times this season, and it will be a huge blow if they lost at Old Trafford again.

Moyes reached the final of the competition with Everton in 2009, knocking out Manchester United in the semi finals.

Everton lost to Chelsea that year, but Moyes will be hoping to go one better this year. Of course they still have a chance in the Champions League too, with a relatively easy last-16 tie against Olympiakos awaiting.

The cup competitions could provide Moyes with his best chance of silverware, and a victory over Swansea this weekend could set them on their path to Wembley.

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