Manchester United now turn their attention to domestic matters after a heady experience during the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. First up for the Red Devils is an FA Cup fifth round fixture against Premier League strugglers Reading.
While Manchester United are historically the winners of the most FA Cups, the last eight years have been fallow in this competition for the Old Trafford outfit. This is a stark contrast to rivals Chelsea, who have won the FA Cup four times in the same period.
A number of factors such as tough draws, fielding of weakened teams, and an obvious relegation of the FA Cup to third priority have all contributed to the Red Devils' lack of success in this competition.
However, recent noises coming from Old Trafford suggest that United are approaching this season's FA Cup with a strong desire to win the competition at Wembley in May. This change of attitude isn't just refreshing, but also a compulsion for United.
Here are the reasons why Manchester United are targeting a long run in this season's FA Cup, and why success in the FA Cup is critical to the Red Devils' season.