Manchester United have had to watch on as rivals Manchester City dominated the Premier League this season.
This weekend however, they will have the opportunity to reach another FA Cup final at Wembley and bring home a trophy in what has been an inconsistent and disappointing season.
Louis Van Gaal guided the Old Trafford club to the 2016 FA Cup final, defeating Crystal Palace in the show piece occasion, while Jose Mourinho collected his first trophy with the club in a League Cup final win over Southampton in 2017.
This weekend’s meeting with Tottenham will see the winner meet either Chelsea or Southampton in next month’s final.
Wednesday night’s Premier League game away to Bournemouth was an opportunity for many fringe players to prove to Mourinho that they want to fight for the jersey and they deserve to play at Wembley.
Manchester United came from behind against Manchester City to defeat the Champions elect but followed it up with an embarrassing home defeat to relegation bound West Brom.
Players including Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were all give the nod against Bournemouth while Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic were on the bench and rested.
Lukaku came off the bench to net the second goal of the game on Wednesday, his 27th in all competitions this season, and will return against Spurs, while the debate of who joins the Belgian in an attacking three rages on.
Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial made their case for a start but Alexis Sanchez, despite a disappointing start to his Manchester United career, is expected to come back into the first team with Jesse Lingard, a man who has some special memories from previous games at Wembley is expected to start on the right.
The Paul Pogba issue has been an ongoing story this season with many highlighting his influence higher up the pitch when he is allowed the freedom to play with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic behind the Frenchman. This again should be the case this weekend.
In defence, Luke Shaw could have scored a hat-trick last night and still not start on Saturday. In reality, he was playing to give Ashley Young a rest, and the experienced Englishman will slot in his left back role once more.
The former Aston Villa man has been excellent this season for Manchester United and deserves to play, while many predict Shaw will be on his way out of the club this summer.
Chris Smalling scored his third away goal in three games on Wednesday and will start alongside Eric Bailly who was rested for the trip to Bournemouth, while Antonio Valencia has no competition in Matteo Darmian, and should return.
David de Gea, the PFA Goalkeeper of the year once more, will start in goal having captained Manchester United at Bournemouth.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena