United’s Road to Wembley

Wembley stadium beckons and Manchester United readies for the Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday April 23, 2016.

As all roads lead to Wembley Stadium in London, Manchester United will pursue a first Emirates FA Cup final place since 2007 on Saturday. Three of the key United men that I think will make an impact are captain Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and teenage sensation Marcus Rashford.

Rooney & Rashford

However, Rooney and Rashford (photo above) will have the opportunity to enhance their cooperation since the fit and dangerous teen attacker, Rashford, now dominates Rooney’s slot at the center-forward position.

The trio of Rooney, Martial and Rashford will clearly have very different experiences of the world-famous competition. While Rooney is a Wembley veteran, Frenchman Martial and Rashford will be making their maiden outings at the famed stadium.

Depending on Louis van Gaal’s final team selection for the Everton clash, there is no way the three fit players will not make the boss’ final selection. After playing together for the first time against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, the duo of Rooney and Rashford may prove crucial in ensuring that United set up a return date in the capital on 21 May.

United players put in the final preparations at the Aon Training Complex on Friday morning, before heading to London for the FA Cup semi-final clash against Everton.

United players train under eye of Van Gaal

Photo: United players train for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Everton under the watchful eye of Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal does not have any fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester United’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Everton with only three long-term absentees set to miss the trip to Wembley. Luke Shaw, Adnan Januzaj and Will Keane are ruled out of Saturday’s encounter. Bastian Schweinsteiger is not expected to play again this season.

Reports from Old Trafford say that Manchester United are nearly at full strength for the Wembley clash and the players were all smiles as they trained in the sunshine under the watchful gaze of Louis van Gaal and his coaching staff.

Defender Matteo Darmian admits it will be a proud day when he experiences his first taste of Wembley on Saturday and he insists he and his Manchester United team-mates are well aware of the match’s importance.

They’d better be – so they’ll not upset me on Saturday. I’ll be watching them closely.

Up Man U!

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