Herrera eyes special trophy

20 May

Ander Herrera is hoping Manchester United can win the FA Cup final on Saturday and get back to their previous best.

Man United: Herrera eyes special trophyMan United: Herrera eyes special trophy

United have endured a tough time since Louis van Gaal took over as manager in 2014, with the Dutchman failing to pick up a single piece of silverware.

The dull performances have also been questioned by several pundits and former players, with ex-England international Paul Scholes being very vocal about the style of play.

Europa League football will be witnessed at Old Trafford next season, no matter what happens in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but the failure to achieve a Champions League place could spell the end for LVG.

However, the immediate focus is on the clash at Wembley and a first trophy since 2013 would be a welcome relief for the 20-time English champions.

The Red Devils have knocked out Sheffield United, Derby County, Shrewsbury Town, West Ham United and Everton en route to the final this year, while Palace have ousted Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham, Reading and Watford.

Herrera, who has made 27 Premier League appearances this season, says winning the FA Cup would be fantastic for the club and could prove to be a stepping stone to further success.

“It’s one of the most important trophies in the world, the first competition ever, and that means this club has something special. We can get the trophy and build from this trophy. We have to fight for it,” he told MUTV. “If we want to be the best Manchester United again, the best way to do it is winning this trophy. It would be fantastic.”

United have scored 12 goals in the FA Cup this year, just under a quarter of the tally they managed in the Premier League, and some of their better displays have come away from the top-flight competition.

France international Anthony Martial has been in sensational form since arriving at the start of the season, bagging 17 goals across all competitions, and punters may decide to use their free bet on the striker firing his side to cup glory.

United are unbeaten in their last six meetings with the Eagles, winning five and drawing one, while the two previous FA matches between the pair were won by the Red Devils.


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