Manchester United’s Antony looks at their key moments in the Emirates FA Cup

Friday 19 Apr 2024

Manchester United’s Antony returns to Wembley for a second successive semi-final with the Reds this weekend, when they take on Coventry City on Sunday.

The Brazilian forward has scored some crucial goals for the Reds in their run to the last four, including a strike in their memorable quarter-final victory over Liverpool and in the win against Newport County earlier in the competition.

And ahead of their tie with the Championship promotion-chasers, the former Ajax man speaks about the season so far in the Cup and their hopes to make it to another Final.

You can read the full interview with Antony in the official match programme for Sunday’s game. Order your copy here.

The Emirates FA Cup has been the source of some of your best moments this season, tell us how it felt to get that goal against Liverpool in the quarter-final?

I was ecstatic, particularly as it was a derby game, a ‘clasico’. I’d been preparing for months rather than weeks for this moment. My performances in training had stood out and I was prepared for this opportunity as well as really looking forward to it. Scoring in a ‘clasico’ is always special in whichever competition, but it’s extra special in a derby game, taking us into extra time to then go on and win it for a place in this semi-final. It’s very important for us as a team and for me individually.

This is the club’s second FA Cup semi-final in two seasons. What do you remember about the Brighton game last season?

Great memories obviously. We knocked them out and progressed to the Final. It was a really tough game, but like I said United have to always be at the top competing for trophies.

Coventry City stand in your way in this game. How much do you know about your opponents?

We have to respect Coventry as they are not in the semi-final by chance. They knocked Wolves out in a tough quarter-final game. We must respect them, and we have studied their team, but we also need to look at ourselves, consider our strength and quality and focus on our objectives.

United will be the favourites, does that bring its own pressure?

We can’t come into the game thinking we’re favourites. We have to go into the game and perform. We’ve seen it with other teams going into ties as favourites and being knocked out. People think they’re going to win, and they end up out of the competition. So, we can’t let this favourites label influence us. We have to do our part, we know how great we can be, our quality and we’re going to bring that on the pitch to win the game and get through to the Final.

By FA Staff