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17/04/2009 09:17, Report by Steve Morgan

Semi success: 1909-90

Sunday's Wembley summit with Everton is United's 26th FA Cup semi-final tie - a competition record. Here's a reminder of the Reds' victories at this stage from 1909 to 1990...

1908/09 United 1 Newcastle Utd 0, Bramall Lane, 27.03.09
Ernest Mangnall’s charges see off Newcastle – one eye on wresting the title from the Reds' grasp – through Harold Halse’s goal. United go on to beat Bristol City 1-0 at Crystal Palace. Finishing 13th in the league is evidently lucky – as it was for Sir Alex in 1990, when he won his first trophy.

1947/48 United 3 Derby County 1, Hillsborough, 13.03.48
It’s Rams to the slaughter in United's first semi-final for 22 years – a campaign that will end with Sir Matt’s first trophy. Salford lad – and Morrissey look-alike – Stan Pearson’s hat-trick books the club’s second Cup final appearance and a first at Wembley.

1956/57 United 2 Birmingham City 0, Hillsborough, 23.03.57
The Busby Babes in their pomp are just too cute for the mid-table Midlanders. Goals from Johnny Berry and Bobby Charlton, still six months short of his 20th birthday, have the tie won within the opening 13 minutes.

1957/58 United 2 Fulham 2, Villa Park, 22.03.58; United 5 Fulham 3 (Replay), Highbury, 26.03.58

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Semi-final wins: 1909-90

1908/09: United 1 Newcastle 0
1947/48: United 3 Derby 1
1956/57: United 2 Birmingham 0
1957/58: United 5 Fulham 3*
1975/76: United 2 Derby 0
1976/77: United 2 Leeds 1
1978/79: United 1 Liverpool 0*
1982/83: United 2 Arsenal 1
1984/85: United 2 Liverpool 1*
1989/90: United 2 Oldham 1*

Defeats
1925/26: United 0 Man City 3
1948/49: United 0 Wolves 1*
1961/62: United 1 Spurs 3
1963/64: United 1 West Ham 3
1964/65: United 0 Leeds 1
1965/66: United 0 Everton 1
1969/70: United 0 Leeds 1*

*Replay scorelines

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