Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is optimistic that his side can beat Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s unit will go head-to-head with the Blues on the 1st of April in what promises to be a mouth-watering encounter between the English giants.

The events of the first leg have added more excitement to the occasion, as Chelsea staged a phenomenal comeback to overturn a two-goal deficit to hold United for a 2-2 draw.

The result capped a miserable week for United, who had crashed out of the Champions League only five days before.

Chelsea will now be backing themselves to inflict further damage on the 19-times league champions as playing at their own backyard, they will be backing themselves to knock United out of the FA Cup.

However, Valencia is confident that his team can make the most of their exhilarating league form to beat the Blues at the Bridge.

The winger claimed that Stamford Bridge was no longer a bogey place for them, reflecting their recent success at the stadium.

United have won twice and drawn once out of their four previous visits to Chelsea.

The 27-year-old Manchester United's official website: “2-0 is always quite a dangerous scoreline in football. We went into the dressing room at half-time and felt reasonably comfortable, but 14 minutes into the second half they scored and that gave them a real lift.

“The replay is the game for us to put things right in and recently we’ve had better results at Chelsea so we’ll go there without fear.”

United squandered an eight-point lead in the closing stages of the previous campaign to lose the title to neighbours Manchester City on goal difference.

Currently, the Old Trafford outfit are 15 points clear of City in the table with just nine more games left to be played.

And Valencia was confident that there won’t be any hiccups this time around as his side closes in on a record 20th league title.

He continued by saying: “We really couldn’t be any more determined. We do not want a repeat of last season.

“We know it’s in our hands and we have to make sure we make the advantage we have count.”


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