It has been 10 years since Manchester United won the most romantic trophy in English football. In the 2003-04 season, a Sir Alex Ferguson squad that included the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy easily brushed aside Milwall in a 3-0 win at the Millennium Stadium.
Since then though, only Juan Mata and Robin van Persie in the entirety of Louis van Gaal's star-studded squad have managed to triumph in the FA Cup.
However this season has quickly become the best opportunity United will ever have of ending their poor run and winning professional football's oldest tournament.
There have already been a number of huge cup upsets with Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City all knocked out by smaller clubs.
United's £29 million midfielder Ander Herrera maintains that they must respect their remaining tournament rivals while showing they are one of the best clubs left in the competition.
“I think it is one of the best competitions I’ve ever played in,” Herrera told MUTV.
“You look at the tournament and you see Chelsea losing at home against a League One team, Tottenham lost at home and Manchester City lost at home to Middlesbrough. It’s a very exciting competition. I love it.
“Juan [Mata] told me when he arrived it was his first trophy in England and we want to win it. I think we are one of the best teams left in this competition, but we have to show that and we also have to respect all the teams.”
United will be aiming to avoid a giant-killing in their FA Cup fourth round replay at home to League Two minnows Cambridge United.
Despite sending out a side full of the richest talent in the game, United could only muster a 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium 11 days ago.
With no Champions League to compete in this season it's likely that The U's will have to face another strong United side tonight, and having sat on the sidelines for recent fixtures, former Bilboa man Herrera will be hoping for a chance to stake his claim for a regular spot in van Gaal's line-up.
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