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Manchester United will be aiming to avoid past FA Cup heartache

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Manchester United must avoid making past mistakes if they are to finally end their wait for the FA Cup trophy.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini saw them past West Ham United in the quarter-final to continue their quest for the first piece of silverware of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

And, with Everton now lying in wait in the next round, United must avoid a similar outcome to these three historic results to give Louis van Gaal reason to silence his critics.

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Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

The treble was still very much a real possibility when Manchester United locked horns with fierce rivals Manchester City in April 2011.

United were coasting to the league title, and with City battling for Europe under Roberto Mancini, Ferguson’s men were considered favourites to reach the final.

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However, City failed to read the script, with Yaya Toure slotting home the winner into the second-half to fire Mancini’s side to a first cup final appearance in 30 years.

Dimitar Berbatov squandered a host of chances to level – and Paul Scholes saw red – as City proceeded to meet Stoke City the following month.

Toure scored the winner on that occasion and it proved to be the foundations for future success with Mancini guiding them to the Premier League title in 2012.

Everton 0-0 Manchester United

Everton v Manchester United - FA Cup Semi Final

Like in 2011, United had the prospect of a treble ended at the semi-final stage with Everton beating them on penalties at Wembley.

Ferguson was particularly aggrieved by the controversial way in which David Moyes’ Toffees prevailed, due to referee Mike Riley failing to award United a penalty.

Danny Welbeck was fouled by Phil Jagielka before Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand missed United’s spot-kicks in the shootout.

Jagielka then coolly beat Ben Foster to send Everton through to meet Chelsea, where Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard overturned Louis Saha’s early goal in the final.

United meanwhile lost out on Champions League glory too, with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona beating them 2-0 in Rome.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

FA Cup Final: Manchester United v Chelsea

Fuelled by winning the league title, United were aiming to inflict further misery on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the 2007 cup final.

However, it was to be a disappointing day for the Red Devils, who were thwarted by excellent individual performances from Petr Cech and Didier Drogba for the Blues.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney both drew a blank, with the former having been pipped to the Ballon d’Or by Kaka the previous year.

Drogba scored the winner in extra-time to give Mourinho a trophy, but the Portuguese was replaced by Avram Grant mere months later.

United went on to get their revenge in 2008, with John Terry and Nicolas Anelka missing in the penalty shootout of the Champions League final.

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