Sir Alex Ferguson 25 Years Story | FA Cup 2004


FA Cup 2004

Having lost ground in the second half of the league season to eventual champions Arsenal, United at least ended 2003/04 on a high with an 11th FA Cup victory.

Sir Alex Ferguson with the FA Cup in 2004

It was the Reds’ first triumph in the famous competition since the Treble-winning season of 1999, and Sir Alex’s fifth overall, putting him one behind the all-time record held by Aston Villa’s George Ramsey.

Sir Alex declared afterwards that United could regard the season as a success because “the realistic target for any club must be to hope that they will finish the season by winning one trophy”.

The 3-0 victory over Millwall at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium was about as one-sided as cup finals come, though the Lions held out until just before half-time.

Then Cristiano Ronaldo, who produced a truly world-class performance, headed United’s opener, to which Ruud van Nistelrooy added a second-half brace with a penalty and a tap-in.

United had been given a tough route to the final, but saw off Aston Villa, Northampton, Man City and Fulham, before memorably defeating league ‘invincibles’ Arsenal 1-0 in the semi-final at Villa Park, with a goal from Paul Scholes.

United’s run to the 2004 FA Cup final:

Third round
Aston Villa 1-2 United
(Barry 19; Scholes 64, 68)

Fourth round
Northampton 0-3 United
(Silvestre, Hargreaves 47 og, Forlan 68)

Fifth round
United 4-2 Man City
(Scholes 34, Van Nistelrooy 71, 80, Ronaldo 74; Tarnat 78, Fowler 86)

Sixth round
United 2-1 Fulham
(Van Nistelrooy 25, 62; Malbranque 23 pen)

Semi-final
Arsenal 0-1 United
(Scholes 32)

Final
United 3-0 Millwall
(Ronaldo 44, Van Nistelrooy 65 pen, 81)

United’s final line-up
Howard (Carroll 84); G Neville, Brown, Silvestre, O’Shea; Ronaldo (Solskjaer 84), Fletcher (Butt 84), Keane, Giggs; Scholes; Van Nistelrooy. Subs not used: P Neville, Djemba-Djemba.

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