Under-fire Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could redeem his reputation amongst the fans by delivering the FA Cup this season.
United have drawn Sheffield United at home in the third round of this season’s competition which gives them a strong chance of progressing through to the last 32.
Success in the world’s oldest cup competition is craved at Old Trafford where they haven’t had their hands on the trophy since 2004.
In fact they haven’t won anything since David Moyes brought the Community Shield home 28 months ago – a long wait without silverware for fans that became so accustomed to competing on several fronts every season during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.
A run of six Premier League games without a win has dented United’s title aspirations but winning the FA Cup would be a great way to instill faith in the manager.
The younger players in his squad would also gain some invaluable experience by collecting their first winners’ medals as first team members at Manchester United.
That would provide much-needed confidence and morale boosts which may stand the club in better stead to mount a more serious title challenge next season.
As with any cup competition a favourable draw would certainly help them on the road to Wembley but they will need to avoid a repeat of the goalless draw with Cambridge United last season if they
are to get the fans fully behind them.
Obviously the Premier League takes precedence for the Reds and their main aim now will surely be to ensure that they get another crack at the group stages of the Champions League in 2016.
Once that is assured then silverware – in any form – would be greatly appreciated and will give United fans something to cheer about following a barren spell of trophy collecting.
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