UNITED manager Chris Hargreaves will be reflecting on his proud career in the FA Cup when gearing up his troops for tomorrow’s massive game at Aldershot.
The boss was part of a United team that reached the fourth round of this historic competition five years ago, losing narrowly to Coventry on a tremendous occasion at TQ1, and this new crop will be dreaming of the chance to emulate such a performance.
A trip to Aldershot, however, is a very difficult task and it will be interesting to see how the Gulls cope with the unique FA Cup environment.
“It is an important day for the club and in an ideal world, you would blood some of your younger players and ask them to produce the goods, but we need to win the game,” said Chris.
“It’s a tough draw for both teams. The last thing Aldershot would have wanted is us and it’s a bittersweet draw. It’s a real big test, which is what I like, but we could have had a kinder draw.
“We have to look forward to a new challenge for some of these players, who won’t have played in big FA Cup games before. I’m looking forward to seeing how they cope with it.
“The FA Cup is a brilliant weekend. There is so much history for myself as a player, I loved playing in it, and it’s a chance for the lads. I think the furthest I got was the fifth round with Grimsby and I scored around 10 goals in the FA Cup.
“I enjoyed myself and you get some great travelling fans. We had a great run here before at Torquay and narrowly lost to Coventry after beating Blackpool.”