The Red Devils are currently in the midst of an uncharacteristic barren spell in the competition.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has indicated that he and his teammates must look to break their FA Cup barren spell this season, report the Express, with the Red Devils having been handed another kind draw for the fifth round if they can overcome League Two side Cambridge United in a replay.
United have not won the trophy for 11 years, a comparative eternity for a side used to regular success in the competition, and they have only reached the final twice in the period since – one of which saw van Persie’s Arsenal side beat them on penalties in 2005.
Despite their spluttering performances in this year’s competition, that have seen an unconvincing win over Yeovil Town in the third round and a stalemate at Cambridge United on Friday night, a weekend of shocks have left them as one of the favourites to lift the trophy.
A fifth round tie against either Preston North End or Sheffield United represents another kind draw for United if they can overcome Cambridge in the replay, and van Persie believes that the FA Cup is a trophy that he and his teammates have to be targeting this season:
“I think it has been 11 years since Manchester United won it last.”
“That was actually the first thing that Sir Alex Ferguson said to me as well – he said ‘I want to win that cup’.”
“We want to win it.”