Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his ambition to break his side’s nine year run without an FA Cup trophy.
The Red Devils cruised to a comfortable 4-1 home victory over visiting Fulham in the fourth round, sealing their place in the last 16 of the cup.
A Javier Hernandez double as well as goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney proved too much for Martin Jol’s side, despite Aaron Hughes’ late consolation for the visitors.
The United manager has branded this season’s FA Cup as ‘an important trophy’ for the club, and is aware that a big effort from his squad will be needed in order to win it for the first time in nine years.
“The FA Cup’s an important trophy for us this season,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “We haven’t won it for almost 10 years, so we really need to have a big performance this year.
“Rio Ferdinand’s never won an FA Cup medal – so we really need to do something about that.
“I think we respected Fulham because we played a very strong team today. It was a good performance.”
Fulham boss Jol, meanwhile, was disappointed by his side’s insipid display.
“The only thing is you have to keep our head up,” he said.
“We play three matches in 10 days against Manchester City and twice against United and of course in between we have that match against West Ham.
“Hopefully we can pick up the points against West Ham on Wednesday because that is the most important thing.
“There was no conviction in our possession. There was no link-up between the defence and midfield or the midfield and forwards.
“We missed Giorgio (Giorgios Karagounis), so we tried to repair that in the second half. After they scored the two goals in the second half the game was finished.”