Prior to last season – when we had to beat recently-relegated Wigan to reach the FA Cup Final – the last time that we had to overcome lower league opposition came in 2003. Luckily on the day, David Seaman produced a moment of magic to see us through to the final.
During the last four clash with Sheffield United, the former England keeper marked his 1,000th career appearance by making one of the greatest ever saves to deny Paul Peschisolido. The striker looked like he had levelled the scores at Old Trafford with a reaction header from just a couple of yards. However, the then 39-year-old Seaman managed to somehow claw the ball back from the brink, and into a position where a rebound attempt was not possible.
According to the Daily Mirror, it is, in Seaman’s view, his greatest save. But ahead of our semi-final with Championship strugglers Reading, the former England no.1 has warned that that moment proves that the seemingly inferior opponents can still be dangerous.
“That shows you should never take anything for granted in football, and I hope we are not going to fall into that trap against Reading,” he explained.