Second tier club Millwall finished in 10th position during the 2003-04 season so it was hardly surprising that Manchester United prevailed 3-0 in that years FA Cup Final at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium. As much as the brave London club may dispute it however, the Cup was really won at Villa Park the previous month when Paul Scholes drove the ball home after 32 minutes for a hard fought 1-0 semi final defeat of Arsenal. United have not lifted the trophy again since and as Sir Alex Ferguson says ‘It’s time we won it again”
The Gunners come to Old Trafford on Monday night for a top of the table clash. It promises to be a great game but no matter what it produces it will surely never compare to that drama filled night at Villa Park in the 1999 FA Cup semi Final replay on the way to United completing a historic treble. ? It was to be the last ever FA Cup semi final replay as Arsenal and Manchester United served up an absolute spell blinding classic.
Going into the ninth game Manchester United faced in the last 28 days, I must confess that I would have settled for the one point at Villa Park. With ten minutes remaining I was praying for it. Unlike so many matches in which points were frittered away this season, this was an occasion in which United were forced to provide one of the typical comebacks that they have become renowned for to snatch a 2-2 draw. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson was philosophical about the result saying that “I think we’ve seen a great game today. Great credit to Aston Villa, they got stuck in, tackled, fought and the crowd kept them going”