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This morning I overheard a Manchester United fan say to a good friend that right now’s FA Cup semi-final was a “lose-lose game”. His considering was that both they really lose to Championship aspect Coventry and get all of the criticism that understandably comes with such a defeat. Or they beat Coventry to arrange a pasting by the hands of rivals Man City within the closing.

It’s not precisely constructive is it? But occurring this season it’s not arduous to know why that Man Utd fan didn’t precisely really feel in a glass-half-full type of temper. It’s been a season stuffed with disappointing outcomes, and, Sir Jim Ratcliffe coming in to run the soccer operations apart, devoid of hope, the one factor soccer followers want greater than most.

Defeat right now could be one of many large semi-final shocks for all their issues United are nonetheless large favourites to make the ultimate, and will probably push Erik ten Hag nearer the exit door.

They head into the match with three attracts and a defeat from their previous 4 video games and have dropped to seventh within the Premier League.

“Obviously, we want to win every game,” stated Ten Hag. “So when we don’t win we are disappointed, are frustrated, sure, but we know also we can beat the best teams.

“When we play to our levels, we can achieve really high highs. We want to achieve every season. We want to win trophies and we have a big opportunity, because we are in the semi-final. We want to go into the final.”

Standing of their manner are Coventry who’re managed by none apart from Mark Robins, who famously scored the objective ‘that saved Sir Alex Ferguson’s job’ in 1990. His header in opposition to Nottingham Forest within the third spherical stored United within the competitors and arrange the victory that earned Fergie his first trophy at Old Trafford.

Some might really feel that it is a good time to face Ten Hag’s staff. Not Robins.

“I hear people talking about Manchester United, that they are this or they are that, but the truth of it is they have got top players,” Robins stated. “For us, we know they are clearly favorites to win this game by a million miles. They are expected to win, as simple as that.”

Stay right here for all of the staff information and motion, with kick-off set for 3.30.