Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted he is desperate to finally land his hands on the FA Cup trophy this season.
The United and England captain has never won English football’s oldest competition before - but has an excellent chance of adding an FA Cup winners’ medal to his collection in May.
The Red Devils face Arsenal in the quarter-finals at Old Trafford on Monday night - and Rooney is hoping his side do enough to book their place in next month’s semi-final at Wembley.
“We have an FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Monday and that is massive for us,” Rooney told Manchester United’s official website. “We haven’t been to a final for a few years, we want to try to win that game and we are looking forward to that.
“Of course, I think it is a massive trophy. It is a trophy that, growing up as a youngster, I used to love watching and I was fortunate enough to see Everton lift the FA Cup in 1995 when I was nine years old.
“It is something which I would love to do and hopefully it can be this year.”
Rooney went close in 2005
Rooney came agonisingly close to winning the FA Cup back in 2005, when United were beaten in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff by Arsenal.
The Red Devils dominated the game - and Rooney was named as the official Man of the Match after his impressive display - but Arsenal lifted the trophy after successfully converting all five of their penalties in the shoot-out.
Ten years earlier, Rooney watched on as Paul Rideout scored the winning goal for Everton against Manchester United at the old Wembley Stadium.
United can win the 2015 FA Cup
The Red Devils have not won the FA Cup since 2004 but have an excellent chance of lifting the trophy this season if they can progress past Arsenal next week.
With the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City out of the competition, the winner is likely to be one of United, Arsenal or Liverpool, who face Championship side Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
The FA Cup would complete Rooney’s haul of major honours since arriving at Old Trafford ten-and-a-half years ago.
The 29-year-old, who is on course to become the leading goalscorer of both Manchester United and England, has won five Premier League titles, two League Cup, plus the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Rooney: Best English player of his era - but world class?
Arguably the best English player of his generation, Rooney has maximised his immense potential, even if he is no longer the same explosive player who burst onto the scene at Everton.
The debate over whether Rooney is or isn’t world-class rumbles on - but having watched him closely for the past decade, the majority of United fans would surely say there’s no doubt about it: he is.
Is Rooney a world-class player? Where does he rank amongst the current greats of the game? Have your say in the comments below!
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