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23/01/2013 08:00, Report by A Bostock & S Bartram
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Tom eyes cup glory

Manchester United have won five FA Cup finals in Tom Cleverley's lifetime - but none since he became a professional footballer.

The Reds midfielder wants to help rectify that quirk and he's already made a decent start by scoring the club's maiden goal in the 2012/13 competition, in the third-round tie away to West Ham. Cleverley says United's exertion to eventually win the tie proves how important the cup is to the players.

"It's a squad full of winners here and we definitely didn't want to lose that match," said Tom, referring to the first game when a late Robin van Persie equaliser was wildly celebrated.

"United haven't won the FA Cup for quite a while now," he adds. "The last time was in 2004, and it's definitely a trophy I want to win. It means a lot. In fact, we've got a few players in the squad who haven't won anything [major] in this country as yet, including myself, so anything we're involved in I want to win."

Cleverley did help the Reds to win the Community Shield in 2011, in his only club appearance so far at Wembley Stadium. And having turned out there more recently for England, he's acquired a taste for

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"United haven't won the FA Cup for quite a while now. The last time was in 2004 and it's definitely a trophy I want to win. It means a lot."

- Tom Cleverley

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