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Let's win the FA Cup
Jonny Evans admits United are desperate to win the FA Cup having dumped old rivals Liverpool out. The Reds will travel to Southampton at the end of the month in the fourth round after wrecking Kenny Dalglish’s comeback as Liverpool boss with a second-minute Ryan Giggs penalty at Old Trafford. Despite having just come through a hectic festive schedule, boss Sir Alex Ferguson played a strong side. And Reds defender Evans, who started in place of the injured Nemanja Vidic, insists the FA Cup is high on their list of priorities. “Everyone wants to win the FA Cup. It is a great thing to be able to say you’ve won it,” said the 23-year-old. “Quite a lot of the lads in the squad haven’t and we are desperate to win it and add to the collection. We are quite pleased with the draw. Southampton have good facilities, a nice stadium and a nice pitch. We will be confident.”
Stuart Mathieson, Manchester Evening News
Elsewhere, The Telegraph report Sir Alex insists Howard Webb was right to send off Steven Gerrard at Old Trafford on Sunday, although the Reds boss insists Gerrard “isn’t that type of player”.
Michael Owen’s interview in the United Review matchday programme has also given rise to a number of stories. The Guardian and The Mirror both carry pieces by the Press Association, leading on Owen’s comments about his former club, Liverpool. “I would say their position reflects where they are right now. They are in the middle of a transitional period and off the pitch they have had a change of ownership. They are also very reliant on a couple of star players and if they are out injured, they have tended to struggle.”