Manchester United have been hugely successful in a number of competitions over the last decade. They have managed to win several Premier league titles and also one Champions League title. Despite all these successes, the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been devoid of the success in the best domestic cup competition of all – the FA Cup. It has been nine seasons since United last tasted success in this competition, and Ferguson has said that it is too long for a club like United to go without winning the FA Cup.
On several occasions in the past, United have been knocked out of this competition in the first few rounds itself. They will be facing Premier league opposition Reading in the last 16 round of the FA Cup. Only three members of the current United team have been successful in the FA Cup – Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, and Paul Scholes. Ferguson was speaking after the brilliant 4-1 win over Fulham during the weekend. The club managed to get past West Ham in the previous round after a replay. Ferguson has said that the past few years have been extremely difficult in the competition due to the bad luck, but he is hoping that this year it changes.
“I hope this is the year that changes. Certainly today they have done very well. Rio Ferdinand has never won an FA Cup medal and we’ve got to do something about that. This was a good performance. We respected Fulham, as you can see from the fact we put out a very strong team. What I’m really pleased about is Chicharito got two today so he’s up to 14, Wayne got one. If we get those two and Robin in the 20-plus mark, then we’re definitely in business,” said Ferguson after the Fulham match.