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Jose's cup dream

23 January 2014

Jose Baxter believes the magic of the FA Cup remains as strong as ever.

Speaking ahead of United's fourth round clash with Fulham at Bramall Lane, the self-confessed Liverpool fan who was part of Oldham Athletic's giant-killing exploits against his boyhood heroes last term, is hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

The 21-year-old remarked: "I have grown up watching the FA Cup and what a competition it is.

"As a youngster, who has been to numerous finals with my dad to watch Liverpool, it is the competition I have dreamt about winning.

"Who knows, one day that dream might come true, because as everyone says anything is possible given the magic of the FA Cup.

"Often shocks come against all the odds, but the fact of the matter is no teamsheet wins a game at any level and that is what makes it so special when lower league sides beat more famous opponents."

On the challenge of hosting Premiership opposition and the possibility of another cup upset, Baxter added: "The manager and the players were probably the only people who believed we could give Aston Villa a run for their money and the win at Villa Park was for the fans.

"Now the expectation is probably higher on Sunday, but the reality is we are the underdogs again and rightly so against a top-flight outfit in Fulham, they are in the Premiership for a reason.

"But with the television cameras sniffing an upset who knows what will happen? The lads are confident and we just hope we can do it for our tremendous supporters again, as we did at Villa."

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