David de Gea and Antonio Valencia focused for Man United’s FA Cup semi-final with Everton

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s had a light training session on Thursday in their final preparations for Saturday night’s FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

Following a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in midweek, Man United are heading to Wembley with two wins on the bounce while Everton haven’t won in their last seven Premier League games.

On Wednesday night at Old Trafford, David de Gea had one of his quietest games of the season. He hardly touched the ball because Crystal Palace were terrible so I don’t think he would have needed much of a stretch down session but Antonio Valencia actually put in a really good shift at right-back in one of his better performances, so he’ll need to recover if he’s to start on Saturday.

After such a dour season in terms of the football Louis van Gaal has got us playing, an FA Cup semi-final is a chance for Man United to put on a show and give fans something to cheer about. It’s been over a decade since we won the FA Cup and although it has lost some of its romance, don’t underestimate how much United fans do want to win it.

At Wembley, De Gea is guaranteed to start and will no doubt be one of our most important players on the day but there is no guarantee Valencia will be in the starting XI and if I was manager I’d definitely put Timothy Fosu-Mensah in but, alas, I’m not.

No matter what happens on Saturday, United fans will get a trip to Wembley but here’s hoping we can make it through to the final against either Crystal Palace or Watford.

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