Why Tottenham Need FA Cup Win More Than Man Utd

Louis Van Gaal guided the Old Trafford club to the 2016 FA Cup final, defeating Crystal Palace in the show piece occasion, while Jose Mourinho collected his first trophy with the club in a League Cup final win over Southampton in 2017.

United and Tottenham look like very different teams going into the semi-finals.

"Be it a little game or even when it's more of a recovery session, we've still got that willingness to win, no matter what".

Antonio Conte lost the FA Cup final last season to Arsenal and the Italian has a chance to redeem himself and his team in the competition as they are in the semi-finals.

"They were really, really strong". It was nearly a case that we had one in the bag and it became easier trying to chase others - and we went on to win two more that season.

Of course I understand the argument that Pochettino - and Spurs - really need a trophy because of what it would mean to them. "If we can complete that [finishing second and winning the FA Cup] then I think we would take that and hopefully it will spur us on to make sure we have more of a run at the title".

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) embraces Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton before the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA Images).

Chris Smalling has told ESPN FC that ending this season second in the Premier League table and lifting a trophy would represent a successful campaign for Manchester United - but only if they use it as a platform to win bigger prizes.

"Obviously, past year we picked up a couple of trophies and I think the manager has instilled that in terms of his training preparations", he says. However, it is still up to Pochettino and his men to prove him wrong, and beating Manchester United is the only way to do so. His otherworldly ego has already begun to clank its chains in fury at the inadequate efforts of Paul Pogba, among others.

The support will be split 50-50 so there will be far more United fans there than the allocation away teams get for Premier League games, but Spurs will still have the familiarity you get from playing at the same place all the time - and it is a definite advantage.

Yes, Tottenham might be lacking in the trophy department but the fact that years ago they were mere hopefuls for a Europa League spot demonstrates the stunning growth that they have undertaken.