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07/03/2013 10:29, Report by G Thompson, A Beck
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Smalling's FA Cup aim

Chris Smalling says he and the rest of the players hold the FA Cup in very high regard and are determined to reclaim the trophy this season.

The Reds have already seen off West Ham, Fulham and Reading in the competition and host Chelsea in Sunday's quarter-final tie at Old Trafford.

Smalling, who experienced life as a minnow in the Cup during his days with Maidstone United, feels "very fortunate" to be involved in the tournament and he is keen to play his part in helping the Reds seal a first triumph since 2004.

"The competition holds a very high status for me," the defender told this month's Inside United.

"When you’re growing up you see a lot of the lower league teams and sides from around your area playing against some of the bigger teams in the competition. And it gives every kid and every young player a chance to feel that they can be a part of it and that they can relate to the FA Cup because anybody can take part.

"I played in some of the qualifying rounds. You have to play quite a few qualifiers to even get to the first round of the Cup when you’re in the lower leagues. I recall we were close to playing a League Two side, but lost in the fourth

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