Sergio Romero has made it clear that Manchester United will need to claim the FA Cup in order to save their season following Tuesday’s defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League.
Man United had the chance to set up a Champions League quarter-final and an FA Cup semi-final in the space of week against Sevilla and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively.
But Jose Mourinho’s side, seemingly set up to protect a lead they did not have, crumbled against the La Liga side and were dumped out by two Wassim Ben Yedder goals.
And Romero, speaking ahead of United’s FA Cup clash with Brighton on Saturday, made it clear that they simply had to go all the way in their remaining knockout competition.
“We don’t treat this as a secondary competition, we see it as a competition where we need to get to the final and win it,” he said.
“We know that it’s a tough competition, we know that there are seven other teams who also want to win this weekend and to progress.”
Reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup will not mask the sheer misery of what supporters went through during the week. That result will always stand alone as a major black spot on this season. But the prospect of a trip to Wembley, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur (two teams Mourinho has beaten this season) remaining as United’s biggest rivals, would provide a reason to smile following a grim few days.
But it will not be easy. Brighton have been an inscrutable force at the back this season and the pressure on Mourinho’s men, who only beat Chris Hughton’s side through a deflection earlier this year, to deliver a performance will be immense.