REDS hungry to take trophy off noisy neighbours

The media are constantly telling us that the FA Cup no longer has the status it used to have. But take it from me, it is still the trophy all players want to win.

When Manchester United visit City tomorrow, they will be motivated not just by the burning desire to knock their noisy neighbours off their perch.

Ryan Giggs and the resting Darren Fletcher are the only players at Old Trafford who have won the cup. And there is no greater motivation than that for the likes of Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Luis Nani.

The bookmakers have Cup holders City as odds on favourites re begin with a successful defence of the trophy they lifted with a 1-0 win over Stoke last May. But mark my words this is the best time to pile your money on United, and after the week he’s just had I’m tipping Rooney to stand up and make the difference.