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FA Cup: Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher determined to end FA Cup drought

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United overcame League One’s bottom club 2-0 at Huish Park thanks to goals from Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria.

Scotland midfielder Fletcher – who played the full 90 minutes in Somerset – is one of just three members of the squad to have won an FA Cup winners’ medal, though he is the only one to do so with United having featured in the 2004 triumph over Millwall.

United have since reached the final in 2005 and 2007 but came up short on both occasions.

And Fletcher believes the time has come for Louis van Gaal’s men to win the competition for a 12th time.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. It was going to be difficult with tackles flying in,” Fletcher said.

“You have to battle before you win the match and we did that. We battled for 60, 70 minutes and then Ander scored a spectacular goal and sometimes that’s what it takes.

“The longer you can keep possession, although it was difficult, the more you tire the opposition out and you can win the game in the last 20 minutes.

“We knew it was going to be difficult but we’re in the draw.

“It’s been too long since United have won this competition.

“We really want to win it this year and, hopefully, we’ll look back on our result here as one of the most important ones if we go far in the competition.”

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