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Michael Carrick's admits Manchester United desperate for FA Cup glory

By Staff Reporter

Michael Carrick admits Manchester United are desperate for FA Cup glory this season and reckons teenage striker Marcus Rashford will be around to stay.

United reached their first semi-final in five years after seeing off West Ham in a sixth-round replay at Upton Park on Wednesday night.

The 2-1 victory was one of their strongest showings of the campaign as goals from Rashford and Marouane Fellaini were enough to book a Wembley semi-final date with Everton on April 23.

Carrick has yet to win the FA Cup during his career, with the Red Devils lifting the last of their 11 cups back in 2004. He conceded it has been a frustrating campaign for Louis van Gaal's side and defeat at Tottenham last weekend leaves their hopes of a top-four finish in the balance and Carrick is therefore targeting an overdue success in the FA Cup.

"I'm desperate to go further," he said. "We haven't done well enough in this competition over recent years and we're well aware of that. We're desperate to go all the way this time.

"This is an opportunity for us now, it's a one-off game. We'll go down there and look forward to it but getting to Wembley is not the end. It's a semi-final so we haven't achieved anything yet."

And Carrick insists Rashford's star will not burn brightly before dwindling away.

"It's incredible," Carrick said of Rashford's emergence.

"Not in his wildest dreams could he have predicted the last two or three months that he's had.

"I don't think it's a flash in the pan, in and out. I think he's here to stay and goals like that, we'll welcome more of them."

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