Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira believes an FA Cup final victory over Stoke City can help breath new life into the club.
The two City’s square off at Wembey on Saturday in the Eastlands club’s first final since 1981.
Vieira won the FA Cup four times as a player while at Arsenal and says a cup win with City this year would be just as special.
“It would be really special because it means a lot to the football club. Three or four years ago City were fighting to stay in the Premiership but now they’ve qualified for the Champions League and are in the FA Cup final," Vieira said.
“When you want to be successful there is always a key moment in the season, and this is a key moment in the season for us. It started really well with a win against Spurs and hopefully we can finish it quite well winning the FA Cup.
“I think that it can be the start of a new era, and be the start of some really successful years. As always the first trophy is really important and winning the FA Cup will be a fantastic start.
“The club has worked really hard over the past couple of years to try to be a successful football team. If we were to go through this season without winning the FA Cup it would be difficult to accept, because we are a good side, so we’re happy to be finishing in the top four and now we want to win.”
City have gone 35 years without a trophy, while for Stoke it will be the FA Cup final in their 148-year history.