Angel di Maria believes winning the FA Cup this season could prove to be a watershed moment for this Manchester United team - and says they're trying to do it for the fans too.
The Red Devils go up against Arsenal in the quarter-finals of football's oldest cup competition at Old Trafford this evening, hoping to book a spot at Wembley for the semis.
Despite enjoying record-breaking success in the Premier League under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United haven't won the trophy in almost eleven years, and Di Maria says he's hoping to break that duck this season.
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"It’s not so much how you would feel as an individual, but the impact it would have on the whole group," he said," Manchester United's record signing said.
"It would make everybody happy, having worked for a whole season to try and attain an objective. It’s very important and even more so when it actually comes to fruition.
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"Here’s hoping I can bring this kind of joy to all the fans, but we know that we have a difficult stumbling block ahead of us in Arsenal so I really hope that we can make that next step and get through to the next round.”
Manchester United have a strong record against Arsenal of late, and they won out when the teams met back in November. Arsene Wenger's side have been in fine form of late however, and have lost just three of their last 15 games in all competitions.
Arsenal are the current holders of the FA Cup having fought back against Hull in last year's final, and defender Hector Bellerin says the north London side are out for revenge this evening.
“You always want to get revenge against teams when they beat you,” he told Arsenal.com.
“It doesn’t matter whether you had the ball or whether you deserved it, you always want to win, especially when you know they’ve beaten you before. We just want to get our revenge the best way we can.
“These games are the big proof. That’s when you show the real character and quality in the players, so we’re really excited to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.”
Go back about a decade and a meeting between these two teams would have been headline news. How the mighty have fallen.
While it has all the hallmarks of a major occasion, both teams have fallen well off their very best over the last few years and now neither are genuine title contenders having been amongst the very best in the country not too long ago.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal need an FA Cup win as a signifier of success, but they have much bigger problems in the long run that won't be dealt with by a single piece of silverware.
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