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Everton fancy an upset: Baines

Manchester United have been told they are in for a Wembley war in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.

Everton have become renowned for an aggressive style during the seven years of David Moyes’ reign as manager. And defender Leighton Baines admits that is the way the Toffees feel they can unsettle the champions.

Back in 1995, when Everton last reached the cup final and beat United 1-0, they had the infamous ‘Dogs of war’ tag, although that was hated by boss Joe Royle.

Fourteen years on, Baines claims United will be facing a similar approach this weekend.

He said: "We have got to believe that this tie gives us the chance of an upset. We fancy our chances.

"We have been scoring a lot of goals of late and United maybe have hit something of a dip at the moment in their form.

"So hopefully that will work in our favour. We have to get into their faces, we have to do that against a side as good as Manchester United. We have to put them under as much pressure as we can and make it difficult for them to play the game they want.

"Once we have done that it will give us the chance to start getting at them. But we must make it as tough as we can for them."

Baines cannot wait for the chance to gain some revenge over United following the 4-0 drub

bing they inflicted on the defender’s previous club, Wigan.

That was in the 2006 Carling Cup final at Cardiff, a result Baines would prefer to forget.

"This semi-final is a dream for me, and it is at Wembley which adds a bit of spice for us all," he added.

"This is the chance to get this club into a cup final, it has been too long since we have been there.

"People do feel the game should not be at Wembley because it takes something away from the final, but on the other hand, it is a great occasion and a chance to play there. This is what I came to Everton for. To play in Europe, cup finals and big games.

"We have done pretty well against United this season, we got a draw at home and only lost at Old Trafford to a late penalty. We always feel we are capable of giving them a good run for their money. I have played against them before in a cup final, the Carling Cup final for Wigan, and we were beaten 4-0 that day. It was a tough day for us. But big games and finals is what they (United) do, they play big games every week."

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