ANDER HERRERA: WHY THE FA CUP IS SPECIAL

There are those who claim the FA Cup has lost
some of its lustre and prestige, but
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is
a confirmed fan of football’s oldest knockout
competition.
The Spaniard enjoyed his first taste of the
145-year-old tournament last season, when
the Reds reached the sixth round before losing
at home to Arsenal, and he’s now relishing the
prospect of playing in Saturday’s third-round
tie against League One club Sheffield United at
Old Trafford.
“We didn’t go too far in the last FA Cup but I
enjoyed the games a lot,” Herrera told MUTV.
“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.”
In the 2014/15 competition, Herrera scored a
stunning goal on United’s first-ever trip to
Yeovil Town, before playing in the Reds’ visits
to lower-league Cambridge United and Preston
North End.
And the 25-year-old admitted: “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.”
Former Athletic Club star Herrera has
previously spoken to Inside United about the
allure of the English cup, saying: “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.”
Watch more player interviews and build-up to
Saturday’s tie on MUTV’s Countdown to Kick
Off at 18:30 GMT on Friday.

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