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Tom Cleverley hopes to use experience of last season with Aston Villa to go one better with Everton

Cleverley was part of Aston Villa's side that made it to the final of the FA Cup last season, but missed out on the big prize.

Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley is desperate to go one better in the FA Cup this season after missing out on the trophy last term with Aston Villa.

Cleverley was part of the Villa side that lost 4-0 to Arsenal in the final of last season's competition and is keen to put things right on a personal level.

The midfielder will be facing up against old club Manchester United at Wembley tomorrow evening as part of an Everton side that is desperate for a good result after a poor run of form, and poor league campaign.

He told the official Everton website: “Missing out last year has given me that drive to want to win it even more. I can remember the semi-final day being one of the best days of my career, beating Liverpool, but then the final being one of the worst.

"So it's a massive target of mine but, first and foremost, we've got to overcome Manchester United in the semi-final and I'm sure that won't be easy.

“But I think you have to target winning the competition, you have to. Obviously you have to prepare for the game you're about to take part in but you also have to dream of winning these trophies. It's what we play football for and it's what I'll look back on when I retire and what I'll judge my career on - how many things I've won."

Confidence at Everton is very low, but one would think they would conjure up some kind of response from their dreadful showing in the Merseyside derby in midweek - where they were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield. 

If Everton show up like that against United it could be a long afternoon on the big stage. But if they were to win the trophy they would end a long spell without silverware, though it shouldn't distract from the poor campaign they have had overall.

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