FA Cup semi-final preview - Man Utd v Spurs

Romelu Lukaku first touch so BAD it leads to winning goal for Man Utd

It will be United's 29th appearance in the FA Cup semi-finals - equalling Arsenal's record set last season - and they may well go in narrow favourites considering Spurs' recent struggles at this stage.

Chelsea have progressed to the final from 11 of their last 14 FA Cup semi-final matches, losing out only in 1996, 2006 and 2013.

Yes, their fans would love a day out at the cup final, but winning the FA Cup did not help Louis van Gaal, did it? "I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points", Mourinho said.

The cup provides two Premier League heavyweights with their last opportunity to win silverware this season.

Louis Van Gaal guided the Old Trafford club to the 2016 FA Cup final, defeating Crystal Palace in the show piece occasion, while Jose Mourinho collected his first trophy with the club in a League Cup final win over Southampton in 2017.

"They have only lost four games but it's a Cup game, 50/50".

"There is no reason, having looked at United and Spurs this week, why we need to fear them.

Of course we are going to face a very good team with unbelievable players and of course a great manager and coaching staff and of course it will be tough".

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"I think that's showing by obviously the trophies we won previous year and hopefully the trophies that are to come very shortly".

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has played down the importance of the FA Cup.

It is hard to make a call on who will come out on top on Saturday but for me Tottenham are favourites - just - because they are in effect playing at their home ground.

Players naturally want to respond to criticism after a result and performance like that and we have already seen a reaction in United's win over Bournemouth on Wednesday.

"So in this season many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool".

"I don't believe (it's an advantage) because Manchester United have the experience to play in Wembley too".

TEAM NEWS: West Brom will have Jonny Evans and Hal Robson-Kanu back from injury, but Daniel Sturridge won't feature against his parent club. Just as Mourinho's spectacular bust-ups with Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid - as well as various leading lights in his second stint at Chelsea - made little sense from an outside perspective, allowing Pogba to become alienated seems like a counterintuitive and non-productive thing to do.

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