Tom Cleverley says losing in last season’s FA Cup final will fuel his desire to help Everton beat old club Man Utd in this year’s semi.
The Toffees midfielder was part of an Aston Villa team which was easily dismissed 4-0 by Arsenal in the FA Cup showpiece last year.
Cleverley is now hoping he can make it back there, next month, and Louis van Gaal’s team will be facing a player in the last four on Saturday who is looking to banish plenty of bad memories.
The 26-year old said: “The FA Cup has always been special. Growing up in this country, as a young lad FA Cup finals are the big days you remember.
“Hopefully I can now get to one with Everton and personally I can go one step further than I did a year ago. Losing the final has definitely spurred me on a lot.
“I can remember the semi-final win over Liverpool as one of the best days of my career but then the final being one of the worst. It is a massive target of mine to try and win the FA Cup”
Cleverley added: “I am fortunate enough to know what winning silverware feels like and there is no felling like it in life, let alone football.
“It really is massive for this Club and to win it with such a good set of lads would make it even more special.”