United last won the FA Cup against Millwall in 2004.Despite that, many of United’s oldest squad members, like Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, have never lifted the trophy for the Reds.
Sir Alex has revealed that many factors have contributed to United’s defeats, including tough draws and a lack of trying.
United lost the cup on penalties to Arsenal in 2005, despite dominating the game. Two years later, a late Drogba goal gave Chelsea the victory over United.
“Rio has been with us 10 years and never won the cup – it’s amazing,” Sir Alex said. “We’ll have to do something about it.
“The cup is a tournament where form doesn’t necessarily win games. Luck has a lot to do with it.
“We got to the semi-final against City but we’ve had some hard draws – twice away to Liverpool, away to City and a home tie with Leeds, when I rested a few players and we were caught short.
“Chelsea have been fantastic, though I thought they were lucky to beat us in the final when Drogba scored late on. We lost on penalty kicks to Arsenal, which everyone remembers was a travesty of a result.
“But I think with a club like ours, the closer we get to Wembley, the better we become.”
Sam Allardyce’s West Ham will next face United this weekend. Sir Alex has revealed that he will play a strong team to make sure that his team qualifies.
“It’s a particularly hard one as they’re in good form and at home,” the Reds boss said. “Sam has done a great job there, getting them promoted first of all, and their form has been good with some excellent results.
“So it’s going to be a tough game and I don’t think we’ll make too many changes. I think, more or less, we’ll play a strong team and hopefully we’ll get through.”
Compiled by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)