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Norwood's Cup hope

1 June 2020

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Ollie Norwood insists the players will be doing all they can when FA Cup action recommences later this month to make it a special season for the Blades.

United will return to action against Aston Villa sitting in seventh spot in the Premier League and with an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on the horizon too.

And the experienced midfielder believes picking up from where United left off in March will give them a realistic chance of success in the coming weeks.

Speaking recently, Norwood commented: "It might be strange playing a cup final at an empty Wembley if we get that far, but there's bigger things going on in the world, meaning mass gatherings and crowds aren't allowed at sporting events.

"We're not above anything in terms of Government guidelines and as players we're told what to do, we'll do as we're told and be where we're supposed to be at the time we're told to be there.

"I fancy us to be honest though, we've beaten Arsenal at home this season, we played really well that night and we deserved to win the game.

"Maybe they won't be looking forward to coming back up here after knowing what it was like the first time, but you just don't know what teams and players are going to be like until the action restarts.

"We don't know what people's mentality are going to be like but from our point of view we've got to be ready to go and hit the ground running."

Norwood added: "It could be a special season and there's a carrot at the end that's being dangled, how much do you want to progress this season.

"Never in our wildest dreams would we have expected to be challenging for Europe, but we are and we deserve to be and we're not going to let all the hard work that we've done over the last ten months slip because of the long break we've had since March."

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