Next Game

Man Utd v PSG

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 02:00

Int Champs Cup North America

Last Game

Barcelona 1 - 3 Man Utd

Saturday, 25 July 2015, 21:00

Int Champs Cup North America

Smalling: We want cup success

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear it is time his side's nine-year FA Cup drought came to an end, according to defender Chris Smalling.

Last Updated: 05/01/13 at 17:27 Post Comment

Chris Smalling: Told by boss Sir Alex Ferguson that it's time Manchester Uni

Chris Smalling: Told by boss Sir Alex Ferguson that it's time Manchester Uni

The 2004 win over Millwall has been followed by disappointing final defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea, along with two semi-final losses, most recently to Manchester City in 2011.

Of the current squad, only Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher have winners' medals, and Smalling says the Red Devils boss gave his side a firm talking to ahead of Saturday's tie at West Ham.

"The manager has made the point to us that we have not done too well in the last few years," Smalling said.

"We need to make sure we get back on track in the competition.

"The league is going well and we're into the Champions League knockout stages, so we want to do well in this as well."

While the continued success of both the Premier League and Champions League have downgraded the FA Cup's status within the English game, Smalling still views it as a special tournament.

He said: "The FA Cup has always been a massive competition.

"You've got the situation where lower league teams have the chance to play some of the top sides. It can be a real adventure."

United top the league with a seven-point advantage over rivals City, but the 23-year-old admits the game at West Ham will not be easy.

"It wasn't the easiest draw we could have chosen. Sam Allardyce has got a good team together and done very well," Smalling said.

"The fans really get behind them, especially at Upton Park, which will make it more difficult for us. But it is always somewhere I have enjoyed playing and it will be a good atmosphere."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

f Jose left a mess at Inter Milan then Rafa cleaned it up with a hand grenade and a bag of compost

westwoodbo
Benitez 'tidying up Mourinho's messes'

T

he name of the article is apt as all my wildest dreams will come through if it turns out to be true

parsy12
The Vote Pedro Gossip

Y

ouri Tielemans is everything Jack Wilshere wants to be!

ross1119
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger responds to Jose Mourinho taunt

Arsene Wenger has brushed off Jose Mourinho's latest taunts after the Chelsea boss said the Gunners' recent spending may come as "a surprise".

WATCH: Eden Hazard's stunning goal against Barcelona

Watch as Chelsea's Eden Hazard evades four challenges before slotting the ball past Marc-André ter Stegen.

Manuel Pellegrini backs Raheem Sterling to justify price

Manuel Pellegrini insists Raheem Sterling will justify his club-record £49million price tag at Manchester City in the coming years.

Mail Box

Di Maria Just Didn't Fit (S**t Happens)

If a signing doesn't work there doesn't have to be a massive witch hunt. So there. Plus a detailed net spend rant, Breel Embolo, computer games and Louis van Gaal...

The Calculator Is On Wenger's Side...

Over the last five years, Arsenal's net spent is about 55% of Chelsea's, so shush your mouth Jose. Plus, Van Gaal is attacked and defended in equal measure...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company