The FA Cup may be a tainted competition to some - but Darron Gibson confirmed the world's oldest club competition still retains a magical air for him.
After starting Tuesday's Premier League win over Stoke, Gibson is hoping to retain his place for Sunday's third round clash with ailing Merseysiders Liverpool.
Victory would mean many things.
In addition to starting Kenny Dalglish's second stint as Anfield chief in the worst possible manner, United could also claim a place in the fourth-round draw and atone for a wretched performance 12 months ago.
Gibson was part of the side defeated by a Leeds team that was still trying to assert their authority in League One, hardly an adequate reminder of a competition that holds a special place in the 23-year-old's heart.
"The FA Cup is magic," he said. It is a massive competition which I have watched since I was no age at all. It does mean a lot to me and I would love to win it."