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Pienaar predicts United upset

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South African midfielder Steven Pienaar expects Everton to enjoy one of the best days in the club's history when they face Manchester United in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Everton have not reached the competition's final since 1995, when they beat United at the old Wembley against the odds thanks to a Paul Rideout winner.

He said: "This game will definitely be one of the biggest games I have played in. I have been involved in a lot of important games at my two previous clubs but I believe this one will also go down in the history books for Everton and I'm looking forward to it."

The winger has played in massive games for former clubs Borussia Dortmund and Ajax, so the 90,000 Wembley crowd will not faze him.

He added: "When I was at Borussia Dortmund, we used to play every weekend in front of 83,000, so this occasion will not concern me.

"At Ajax, we played AC Milan in the Champions League at the San Siro, which was also pretty impressive. But, for me, this is like a normal game, it is just that it's a semi-final."

But Pienaar accepts this is a tough challenge for Everton against the current Barclays Premier League leaders and Champions League semi-finalists.

He said: "Manchester United are not only the top team in England but in Europe also.

"But sometimes a side has a dip in form and in the last few games they have not done so well, but they can turn it around in a second. We just have to go out and play our own game and not worry about them."

Everton expect former United striker Louis Saha to be available for the match, with the Merseysiders flying to London on Saturday. Saha has been out this week with a stomach illness but will be part of the travelling party.

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