All the mediocrity; all the dullness; all the inconsistencies. We cannot erase what has been but we can certainly get excited when Manchester United face Everton for a chance to progress to the Final of the FA Cup.
For all of Van Gaal’s faults, he can be proud of the youthful talent that has been introduced into the first team this season.
For players like Rashford, Fosu-Mensah and Lingard, they would have been satisfied with 10 first team appearances. Now they stand 90 minutes away from a final at Wembley.
But this is now and Lukaku and co. will be hurting after a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of their Merseyside neighbors, Liverpool.
To make matters worse for the Evertonians, there is a lot of angst amongst the fans toward Everton manager Roberto Martinez who like his opponent this Saturday, has overseen Everton produce an underwhelming and inconsistent season.
We have seen United bounce back after heavy losses this season and given this is Everton’s last hope to salvage a poor season by their standards, do not expect Everton to go down without a fight. A team that possesses Lukaku, Barkley and Deulofeu is a team that needs to be respected, irrespective of how poor their form coming in may be.
But they are depleted, particularly in defence, and if United are starting to show signs of progressing forward and attacking with a purpose.
Although the performance was overall dour, it was pleasing to see United use one defensive midfielder in Schneiderlin while freeing Rooney to roam up the park and choose passes. If United turn up, they should win comfortably and book their place in the FA Cup final.
Now’s the time. Stand up, Reds! This is our moment. For 90 minutes, forget our struggles. We’re going to Wembley and we’re not leaving Wembley until we lift a trophy above our heads.
Predicting a 3-1 win. Expect Rooney to have a big one against his former team.
IT’S TIME! COME ON UNITED!
Your Aussie Correspondent,
Larry – The United Stand