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Man United want FA Cup to make fans proud - Darmian

Matteo Darmian scored against Palace. Credit: PA

Matteo Darmian says Manchester United want to bring the FA Cup trophy back to make their supporters proud again.

The Italian defender believes after a barren spell, a win at Wembley over Everton will allow to take one step closer to making Old Trafford a happier place.

I think not only for me but for the team and for the fans, it's a big chance to win a trophy.

We know also the importance of the game on Saturday against Everton - it's a big game and now we have to prepare ourselves.

We want to be ready for the fight because I think it will be a difficult game, but like always we want to win.

We want to make our fans proud and try to win the trophy because Manchester United is used to winning trophies, so we have to be ready and focused.

– Matteo Darmian


Man Utd boss Van Gaal compares Rashford to Kluivert

Louis van Gaal has likened Marcus Rashford's emergence to that of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Patrick Kluivert and Thomas Muller - all of whom were given a chance to shine thanks to the Manchester United manager's "guts".

Van Gaal is not afraid to give youngsters a go. Credit: Reuters

In less than two months, the 18-year-old has gone from young hopeful to Old Trafford favourite thanks to the exceptional way he has taken to life in the United first-team.

Rashford has netted seven goals in just 13 appearances and is the stand-out player among the youngsters given a chance this term.

Van Gaal was quick to highlight that youth has long been his focus and compared the United teenager to a number of famous names he has given a chance over the years.

He said:

When I go to Ajax and then Patrick Kluivert, 18 years old, made the same performances as Marcus Rashford. I can give a lot of examples of that, it is not new. In Bayern Munich, it was Muller. In Barcelona, Xavi was 18 years old and Iniesta 17 years old.

(Thiago) Motta was also 18 years old, he is now playing for Paris St Germain. It is not strange, I think. Age is not the big issue. It is quality - it is the big issue.

You need always guts to put youngsters in the squad and also in the line-up, but of course the academy and all the coaches of the academy, they have their credits for these players.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal


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