Van Persie: FA Cup shocks have raised morale

by Richard Laverty

Robin van Persie believes the mood has been lifted around Old Trafford after rivals such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Southampton were eliminated from the FA Cup.

United got the weekend under way with a poor result away at Cambridge but have a home replay against the League Two side, a luxury not afforded to the three teams that currently sit above United in the Premier League.

Louis van Gaal‘s side were announced as the new favourites for the FA Cup just 24 hours after failing to break down Cambridge on Friday night with Liverpool also facing a replay against Bolton Wanderers.

Van Persie, who returned as a second half substitute on Friday, believes the results on Saturday have given everyone at the club a confidence boost.

“After the Cambridge game, everyone was a little bit down,” Van Persie said.

“But they played well so you have to give them credit because it’s quite a stunt what they did. But in a way, on Saturday, the whole mood changed. Manchester City were out. Chelsea were out and, suddenly, we are in it with a home replay against Cambridge.

“And of the so-called big clubs, with how it is now, it is just us, Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham, but we are the highest left in the competition. I think it has been 11 years since United won it last but I think we have a big chance this year. We want to win it. But again, we have to look at the first game only, because that is the next game against Cambridge.”

Van Persie himself missed a good chance to seal the tie for United in the second half whilst Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria were both thwarted by opposition goalkeeper Chris Dunn.

United will host Cambridge next Tuesday and will face an away trip to either Preston North End or Sheffield United in the 5th round, should they progress.

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