Manchester United's FA Cup Woes: A Look at Their Record Since the 2004 Win
May 22, 2004 is a date that lives long in the memory of many Manchester United fans—it's the date the Red Devils last lifted the famous FA cup.
But that date is also firmly in the past. It's been seven-and-a-half seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson's men went all the way, so let's take a look at where they've fallen over the past decade.
Could this be the year?
Manchester United's cup defence started in alarming fashion—they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to non-league Exeter City.
A scoreless game ended on penalties, and Patrick Viera held his nerve to win it for the Gunners. Heartbreak.
2005-06: Rivalry Issues
The 2006 edition of this competition started in equally worrisome fashion—a 0-0 draw against Burton Albion.
The replay was a 5-0 battering at home, and Sir Alex Ferguson's side went on to defeat Wolves 3-0 away.
This year's journey was to be ended in the fifth round however, as eventual winners Liverpool took the bragging rights after a tense 1-0 victory. Back to the drawing board.
2006-07: Mourinho's Magic
The 2007 edition of the FA Cup began in a familiar fashion for Manchester United by beating Aston Villa.
Portsmouth fell, then the Red Devils overcame a slight scare against Reading. It took them two attempts to get past Middlesbrough, but Sir Alex Ferguson's charges then eased past Watford in the semifinals to make it three trips to the final in four years.
It was the first FA Cup final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, but a change of scenery did not mean a change of fortunes. A 116th-minute winner from Didier Drogba saw Chelsea announced the victors.
2007-08: Home Discomforts
Another year, another competition for Manchester United kicked off with a customary win over Aston Villa, 2-0 this time.
After defeating Tottenham in round four, United battered Arsenal 4-0 in the fifth to truly instill the hope that this year was finally a date with destiny.
Unfortunately, Cristiano Ronaldo and co. slipped up against Portsmouth at home, as a Sulley Muntari penalty sealed a famous victory for Pompey.
2008-09: A Chance Truly Wasted
Southampton, Tottenham, Derby and Fulham fell with ease as Manchester United marched on with Wembley in their sights.
With a semifinal draw against Everton, a date with the winner of Arsenal vs. Chelsea looked a borderline certainty.
David Moyes didn't see it that way though, and the Toffees triumphed on penalties after Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand missed for the Red Devils.
In the shock of the round, and arguably the entire tournament, Leeds United traveled to Old Trafford and won 1-0. In the third round.
The solitary goal, scored by Jermain Beckford, was enough to lift the striker's career prospects and earn him a move to Everton.
Chelsea went onto win the cup that year, with a Didier Drogba free kick beating Portsmouth in the final.
2010-11: Crushing Defeat
Manchester United beat a variety of opponents during their 2011 adventure, recording results against Southampton, Crawley Town and arch-rivals Liverpool.
They breezed through to the semifinals and set up a delicious-looking date with neighbours Manchester City, but it was the blue half of Wembley that went home happy following a 1-0 win.
Paul Scholes' record and Yaya Toure's solitary goal condemned the Red Devils to defeat, and the wait to lift the FA Cup continued for a seventh year.
2011-12: Beat One, but Fall to Another
In the third round, Manchester United avenged the previous season's demons by beating Manchester City 3-2 on their own turf.
With belief riding high after eliminating one of the biggest threats, the Red Devils were promptly undone by Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt strikes at Anfield.
The 2-1 scoreline was enough to see Sir Alex Ferguson's men out in just the fourth round, leaving fans dismayed once more as the FA Cup eluded their grasp.
Could this season be different?