Motivation high for Man Utd derby victory says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the prospect of an FA Cup final will be enough to motivate his players ahead of the Manchester Derby, manutd.com reports.

United travel to the Etihad Stadium on the back of two successive defeats at home to Blackburn and away at Newcastle. Ferguson’s side are still stinging from the 6-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of City in October and have their first chance to exact revenge. There are only two players in the United squad that have tasted FA Cup glory in Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs with the rest looking for their first medal.

Ferguson believes that experienced players such as Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney will be ready for the task of winning away at the Etihad Stadium. City have not been beaten this season at home and United will have to snap that run if they want to get to the fourth round.

The United boss said: ‘It’s probably a motivating force for the players who haven’t got medals. Particularly someone like Rio Ferdinand. He mentioned to me last season that he hadn’t got an FA Cup medal and I couldn’t believe it, given the length of time he has been at the club. Everyone likes to win the FA Cup at least once in their life’.

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