Hodgson - We can beat United

25 February 2009 06:10
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson believes the Cottagers can beat Manchester United when the two sides clash next month in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.[LNB] The Cottagers set up the mouth-watering home tie on 7th March after beating Championship outfit Swansea in their fifth round replay on Tuesday night.[LNB]While most pundits will back Sir Alex Ferguson's side to beat Fulham in this game - especially as they defeated the Cottagers 3-0 at Old Trafford earlier this month - Hodgson believes his team can pull off a shock victory.[LNB]"Manchester United, yes, that's a nice bonus, it will be nice to see Sir Alex again," joked Hodgson with a smile.[LNB]"It's important for Fulham to be in the quarter-finals, it's been a long while since we have been there.[LNB]Not dead"Okay, we've got Manchester United and I suppose people will envisage our demise, but we're not dead yet.[LNB]"We've got the game still to play so who knows?"[LNB]He added: "Of course we can beat them. We can beat Real Madrid, we can beat Barcelona, we can beat any team you care to mention.[LNB]"But if you're asking are the odds on us winning better than the odds on them winning then I think the answer is pretty obviously no. But yes, we can beat them even if they are clear favourites.[LNB]"They've played a lot of games this season, they have a lot of things on their mind and maybe we won't be meeting the Manchester United we met the last time.[LNB]"How they played against us that night was how we played against Swansea really.[LNB]Aggression"Our aggression, our moving of the ball, our goal threat; that was as good as I have seen us really."[LNB]Hodgson was full of praise for the club's fans for the support they showed against Swansea and believes the glamour tie against United is just reward for their loyalty.[LNB]"What's most important is that it is a very nice cup tie for our fans," he said.[LNB]"I thought they were superb from the start against Swansea and they really got caught up in the cup day atmosphere.[LNB]"Their support was very, very good and I got the impression they were happy with that they saw.[LNB]"It's nice that we've given them a little bit of a bonus with a top match against Manchester United as reward for their support."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports