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Coventry boss pinpoints Manchester United game that scares him ahead of FA Cup semi-final



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Coventry boss and ex-Manchester United player Mark Robins has explained which game under Erik ten Hag scares him ahead of the FA Cup semi-final.

Coventry City are looking to continue their magic FA Cup run as they take on Manchester United in the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium.

Both clubs have had rather dramatic fixtures during their respective seasons in the competitions, with both their quarter-finals producing some of the most manic results in recent seasons.

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Coventry City defeated Wolverhampton Wonderers with goals in the 90+7th and 90+10th minutes to secure their 3-2 victory, while Erik ten Hag’s men’s ridiculous 4-3 win over Liverpool has gone down as an all-time game at Old Trafford.

Despite United’s bad form this season, Mark Robins has explained that he knows just what United can be capable of on their day.

United are talented

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday afternoon’s tie, Coventry boss Robins, who played for Manchester United between 1988 and 1992, explained that United are still a top team despite their recent poor form.

“People, pundits, are talking in a derisory way about Manchester United and what they’re doing, how they’re performing,” he said.

“For people who are talking about Manchester United are this or that, or they concede lots of shots: you’re talking about a team that is full of talented players, top international players. We know they are clearly favourites to win this game by a million miles, simple as that.

“They can hurt anybody on their day.

The game that scares him

Continuing, Robins has explained that of all United’s games this season, it was the Premier Leauge fixture against Liverpool, where Bruno Fernandes and Kobbie Mainoo scored world-class goals, is the one that sticks to his mind and will no doubt scare him going into the semi-final.

“The game against Liverpool, their goals were outstanding,” Robins explained. “So you’ve got a lot of things to consider, especially as a Championship club going up against the biggest club in the world.

“For Manchester United, this is a normal occasion. They play at Wembley a lot of times, there’s some England internationals there and other internationals who’ve played at Wembley on numerous occasions. It’s an expectation for them and their supporters; for us, it’s slightly different.”

With that in mind, Robins has urged the club’s fans to make the most of what will be one of the most famous days in Coventry City’s history.

“We’ve already given the fans a special occasion getting there. Being in the national stadium with Manchester United, it doesn’t get much bigger than that,” he said.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone, and there’s a lot of excitement around the city. There is a global reach there for Coventry City; the world will be tuning in, and it’s a great occasion for all of our players.”