Ferguson wants an end to Man Utd FA Cup barren spell

Sir Alex Ferguson does not want to go another year without winning the FA Cup, with Manchester United failing to land the trophy for almost a decade, the Daily Mirror has reported.

United’s last success in the competition came in 2003/04 when Championship side Millwall were the opposition, United running 3-0 winners with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a Ruud van Nistelrooy brace. The only players still at the club who played in the final are Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes – Rio Ferdinand was suspended after missing a drugs test.

Indeed, Ferdinand has been at Old Trafford since 2002 and never won the FA Cup, a fact Ferguson pointed out ahead of the beginning of United’s latest attempt to win the trophy and something the manager revealed Ferdinand used as motivation during last season’s unsuccessful cup campaign.

Rio Ferdinand has been with us 10 years and not won the FA Cup, which is amazing. We’ll have to do something about it, Ferguson said. “Rio mentioned it last year in the dressing room before we went out against Liverpool. He said, ‘Right, I’ve never won this cup’, so it means a lot to him and will do to someone who’s been in the game for the length of time that Rio has,” the manager added.

United reached the FA Cup final in 2005, losing to Arsenal on penalties, and 2007, when Chelsea were victorious. United also made the semi-final in 2009, losing a shootout to Everton, and were beaten at the same stage in 2011 by local rivals and eventual winners Manchester City.

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