30/03/2009 12:07, Report by Steve Bartram
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Wembley awaits

On paper, the most attainable trophy in United's cluttered run-in is the FA Cup, with just two wins at Wembley needed to assure a record-extending 12th triumph in the competition.

The reality isn't so straightforward. First up in the Wembley semi-final on Sunday 19 April are David Moyes' Everton - beaten only once in 2009 and under little Premier League pressure in the race for Europe. Beyond that hurdle looms the imposing spectre of either Arsenal or Chelsea in the final.

Fans of Manchester Red or Merseyside Blue persuasion will need little reminding of the last time United and Everton did battle at Wembley, back in the 1994/95 FA Cup final. United, still shell-shocked from surrendering the Premier League title at West Ham six days earlier, were undone by Paul Rideout's first-half header and, in less than a week, hopes of a Double Double had been shattered.

That was the Toffees' last major trophy, but their upturn in fortunes under David Moyes has the Blue side of Stanley Park believing again. Despite a merciless injury list which has particularly crippled Everton's striking department, Moyes has guided his team to sixth spot and added FA Cup progress to his list of achievements.

While avoiding Chelsea and Arsenal presented the Reds with perhaps the most

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Reds' FA Cup semi record

Since losing to Leeds in 1970
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*
1993/94: United 4 Oldham 1*
1994/95: United 2 Palace 0*
1995/96: United 2 Chelsea 1
1998/99: United 2 Arsenal 1*
2003/04: United 1 Arsenal 0
2004/05: United 4 Newcastle 1
2006/07: United 4 Watford 1

*Replay scorelines

Full semi record since 1886
P36 W18 D11 L7 F57 A39


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