Derby County quartet look ahead to FA Cup meeting

Looking ahead to the game, Wayne said:

“For me it’s a big game obviously playing against my former team but for us it’s a big challenge playing against a good team. They’ll be favourites so we just have to go and take our chances and stay in the game. It’s always strong when you play against a former team, especially being at United for such a long time. But that’s football.

“I love the club, it’s a team I want to do well, I want to win. But for this 90 minutes, 120 minutes, I want them to lose.

“My time there was great. We obviously won Premier Leagues, Champions Leagues, we won everything really. We had some low moments as well. I enjoyed, loved going there, working there everyday and it’s something I’ll always look back on with fond memories.”

“I’ve come here as a Manchester United player in the FA Cup. I know what it means to the fans, what it means to the players, the staff, to have Manchester United come. And then for us as players to go onto the pitch and try and get a good result. So it’s a big day for the football club and a big challenge for us. 

“It’s an exciting game for everyone and obviously the two young lads growing up as Manchester United fans there may be some extra nerves for them but we’ll calm them down before the game. As a player and a teammate of theirs, you don’t worry about them and that’s the biggest compliment I can give them. You’re not worried about how they’ll feel, they’re very mature performers for their age and I think particularly Max Bird has been fantastic.”

“It’s right up there with the other trophies we’ve won. I think my biggest memory as a fan was the FA Cup in ’95 when Everton won it so to go into that final having lost two finals in the past was a special moment and to win it as captain was a huge honour for me.

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