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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has admitted that he has set his sights on winning the FA Cup for the first time in his career.

The England international was part of the squad that failed to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final in 2004 and two years later, they were unsuccessful in getting past Chelsea in the final. It is the only trophy the 30-year-old has not added to the list of accolades he has won.

Anthony Martial's late winner against Everton saw Louis van Gaal's side make it to the final. United reached their 19th final and will face the winner of the second semi-final clash between Crystal Palace and Watford.

"I've played in two FA Cup finals and both have ended up in defeat," Rooney told United's official website.

"It's a cup I haven't been lucky enough to win yet, so it's a good chance for us. Whoever we play in the final, I'm sure it'll be a tough game for us. I think the fans deserve it - they've got to come to Wembley for a cup final, and we have to give them a good performance.

"I think it's a great opportunity for us. There are a lot of young and new players in the dressing room for us so it could be a big day for us in the final and the start of something special for us, I hope."

Rooney was deployed in the midfield by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager. The versatile player believes his switch from the attacking position to the centre of the pitch helped United cope up with the pressure mounted by the Merseyside club in the second half.

"I think you're obviously more involved in the game, you have a bigger influence from that position," he explained.

"I've tried to play what I've seen and I think it worked, with me and Michael [Carrick] having a bit more experience in there. We helped calm the game down when we needed to, especially after the equaliser, so I enjoyed it.

"I think the amount of games I've played - I know I'm still 30 - I try to help them and try and enjoy my football, which I'm doing."

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