FA Cup is special for Manchester United insists Ander Herrera

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Ander Herrera keen to win the FA Cup with Manchester United this season

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is hoping the Red Devils can go deep into the FA Cup this season with their first game in the competition set for this weekend.

United take on League One side Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon and they will be hoping to produce a good display and secure their spot in the fourth round.

The Red Devils have not won the FA Cup for over a decade now and fans are keen to see them do well. Last season Louis van Gaal’s men were knocked out by Arsenal last season when the Gunners won at Old Trafford. It wasn’t a great memory and with Angel Di Maria sent off which ultimately ended his United career, Van Gaal and the side will be looking to make amends this season.

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Van Gaal is likely to field a strong side after being dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages. This now leaves the Reds with just the FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League to play for with five months of football left.

And Herrera, who is impressing the fans this season, is hoping for a strong campaign.

The Spaniard is a big fan of the FA Cup and admitted that a home win would get things off to a good start.

"“We didn’t go too far in the last FA Cup but I enjoyed the games a lot,” Herrera told MUTV, as reported by manutd.com.“It’s a great competition and the organisation in England is fantastic, I have to say. Now we start at home and it would be good to win.”"

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Herrera featured for United last year in the FA Cup and scored a tremendous goal in the third round 12 months ago. That came against Yeovil Town and the midfielder remembers the strike, but added that he would like to face another lower league side away from home later on.

"He continued: “In this competition, maybe I prefer to play away because when you visit lower-league teams, like we did last season, the atmosphere in their stadiums is incredible.“I know we are lucky because we are playing at home in front of our fans this weekend, and I always love to play at Old Trafford. But if we beat Sheffield United, I’m hoping we get an away draw because I really enjoy those trips. It’s a very enjoyable competition and a nice one that we can hopefully win this season.”"

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Compared to other countries that have domestic competitions, in England the FA Cup is just a one legged tie. And Herrera had to adjust to this formula when he moved over from Spain too.

The former Athletic Bilbao creator always played two legs in the Copa Del Rey and added that the one leg makes it a much more open competition.

"“It’s different to the Spanish Cup because it’s more about the knockout situation. In Spain we play two legs in the cup, so it’s good that it can be down to just one game here – it makes it very emotional.“It’s a very interesting competition and I always watched it when I was in Spain. Every team has a chance to win it, which is good,” added the 25 year-old."