Fernandes sets sights on Wembley

Monday 18 March 2024 07:59

Soon after Manchester United got the better of Liverpool in our rollercoaster Emirates FA Cup quarter-final, we knew our opponents for the last four.

We will face Coventry City at Wembley on the weekend of 20 April, with former United striker Mark Robins the man in the dugout for the Sky Blues.

Following our unbelievable last-gasp extra-time win over Jurgen Klopp's team, Bruno Fernandes was asked about the threats our Championship opponents will pose.

Coventry got a similarly dramatic win on Saturday, scoring twice in stoppage time to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

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"It is a tough game," said our no.8.

"I see some some of their games because my chef at home is a Sunderland fan, so I get to see some Championship games sometimes with him at home.

"So for some spells they have good players on the ball. They are really difficult to play against physically. We saw it against Wolves.

"They won the game in three minutes I think, 97 and 90 plus 10, something like that. So we know what to expect and we can't be getting there and be surprised for what they're going to bring to us.

"We have to do the same as we did today on running, on tracking back or fighting spirit and everything, and then put the quality we have put on in the 30 minutes today for longer spells in the game."

The FA Cup is our last opportunity of silverware this term, as Erik ten Hag's team strive to finish in the Premier League's top four too. Bruno says the prospect of being denied the opportunity to lift the historic trophy was in our players' minds before what will now be remembered as one of the great clashes with Liverpool.

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The Reds face a reunion with a former striker in the last four of the competition.

"We said now that our goal for the rest of the season is getting into the top four, and trying to win the FA Cup," he said to ITV.

"We’ve got to do everything we can to get that two goals that we have until the end of the season.

"We can’t get anymore, but the FA Cup is a big trophy for this club, for this country. And we want to get into the final.

"We know it’s going to be tough; [there are] good teams into the semi-final, but we’ve got to do everything we can to get [to the final]."