Coventry won their single FA Cup title in 1987, while United are 12-time champions

The Midlands club won the FA Cup for the only time in their history that year, upsetting Tottenham Hotspur in a thrilling final. But the intervening years have been a struggle, and six years ago, they were playing in the fourth-tier League Two.

However, under the shrewd management of Mark Robins, the Sky Blues are moving in the right direction again, and last season, they were one game away from returning to the Premier League, having lost their place among the elite in 2001.

Coventry have reached the FA Cup semifinals only twice in their history, and their most recent visit to Wembley left a bitter taste as they lost to Luton Town in last year’s playoff final.

Coventry will be backed by 36,000 fans at Wembley and one thing for sure is they will match the volume of United’s fans.

“They’re like having an extra man when they’re cheering and chanting, and they get right behind us and give us that extra bit of energy,” striker Ellis Simms, who has scored five goals during the championship, said.

“We thrive off the fans and the more there are, the better it is.”

Ten Hag will need an improved performance from United midfielder Casemiro, who has received criticism for his recent display.

Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp said Casemiro’s lethargic effort against Bournemouth last week was like he was playing in a charity match.

But ten Hag backed the Brazilian’s value to United, saying: “I think we needed the six [position] when I arrived here and last season Casemiro was fantastic.

“This season he struggled with a bad injury he never had in his career, but he is such a winner. Always in his career he has won, everywhere he was there will be success.

“He is a fighter, why he also won big trophies, he’s a personality and he’s a very important player and he will give us success.”

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