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Red Devils will be on a revenge mission at the Bridge: Rashford

By Simon Peach

Marcus Rashford is hoping to avenge Manchester United's Stamford Bridge humiliation when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Jose Mourinho's return to his old stomping ground in October started badly and only got worse as the most successful manager in the Blues' history saw his Red Devils succumb to a humbling 4-0 defeat.

"You're not special anymore" chanted some of the Chelsea fans on an afternoon that still sticks in the craw for many at United.

Mourinho's side now have a chance to exact revenge in the FA Cup after Sunday's quarter-final draw pitted them against Antonio Conte's runaway Premier League leaders.

"At this stage of the competition you're going to be facing a good team no matter where you go," striker Rashford said of their sixth-round opposition.

"I think we've just got to take it game by game. We're on a good run of form and so are they, so I think it'll be a good game.

"But we'll go there confident and to win the game."

Asked if United owed Chelsea one for October, Rashford added: "Yeah, definitely. They've got one over us."

Rashford went on to talk of the winning attitude his side will head to Stamford Bridge with as they have no interest in settling for a replay - something United will not have to worry about again this season.

The Football Association announced last May that quarter-final replays would be scrapped, reverting to a sudden-death format in a bid to ease English football's congested fixture list.

That is a relief to Mourinho given progress to the Europa League and FA Cup finals would make this a 66-match campaign for United.

The possibility of a 67th had loomed large on Sunday as United - who face St Etienne in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie tomorrow with a 3-0 advantage - struggled to overcome fifth-round opponents Blackburn, with Rashford having cancelled out Danny Graham's opener.

In the end a replay was avoided as substitutes Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined, with the latter sweeping home a superb winner in front of the 7,283 visiting fans.

"I think that was the kind of missing bits that we needed in the game," Rashford said of the duo's second-half introduction.

"We had it throughout the game but not in big spurts, so I think we needed those two to come on. Everyone knows they are quality players and they did what their team needed them to do.

"(Ibrahimovic) made it look easy but the finish, when you're in the situation, is difficult to take.

"He is experienced and he has been in the position many, many times and he's finished it easily."

The fact that Pogba and Ibrahimovic were called upon speaks volumes about the threat Blackburn posed at Ewood Park.

Owen Coyle's side produced a performance that belies their position in the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone and goalscorer Graham wants to build on that in Friday's crunch clash at Burton.

"It was a great moment," the striker said. "Obviously to go 1-0 up against Man United, you think the shock could be on the cards.

"But they are a great team and they put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and it wasn't to be.

"But I think the boys can hold their head up high and we've set a standard now. We need to take that into Friday night's game."

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