Updated: Saturday, 18th November 2017 @ 8:06am

One that got away: Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand desperate to finally add FA Cup to glittering trophy set

One that got away: Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand desperate to finally add FA Cup to glittering trophy set

By Dean Wilkins

Rio Ferdinand’s glittering career with Manchester United boasts a bounty of Premier League winner’s medals, a Champions League triumph and numerous individual accolades – but the FA Cup is the one that always got away.

The former England captain joined from Leeds United for £30million more than ten years ago and has seen United fail to bolster their record cup haul of ten.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men last lifted the trophy in 2004 after surpassing Championship side Millwall – but Ferdinand missed that game while serving a ban for a missed drugs test.

And despite some questioning United’s dedication to the competition, Ferdinand insists that winning every trophy is a philosophy embedded into Old Trafford way of life.

"We never go into a tournament thinking we don't mind leaving it and are happy to go out," he said.

"This is no different to any competition. We want to win it. West Ham at Upton Park is always a hard game. We know what we are in for.

"It will be tough but it is a match we are more than capable of winning."

Following a hectic, yet fruitful, festive season for the Reds, Sir Alex is expected to rest key players Robin van Persie, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and could choose a completely different 11 to the one that beat Wigan on New Year’s Day.

Darren Fletcher has not started a game since December 1, while defenders Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones still need to be eased back from injury.

But Sam Allardyce’s men have outwitted United in three of their last six meetings at Upton Park and January transfer window signing Joe Cole could make his first appearance since his return to his boyhood club.

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