Pienaar targets United shock
Steven Pienaar is confident Everton can spring a surprise and overcome Man Utd in their FA Cup semi-final.
Last Updated: 17/04/09 7:32am
Steven Pienaar is confident Everton can spring a surprise and overcome Manchester United in their FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.
The Toffees are aiming to reach the final for the first time since they won the competition back in 1995.
They upset the odds to beat United on that occasion and Pienaar is relishing the challenge of trying to cause another shock.
The South African midfielder has played in massive games for former clubs Borussia Dortmund and Ajax, but he is excited about the prospect of playing at Wembley.
"This game will definitely be one of the biggest games I have played in," said Pienaar.
"I have been involved in a lot of important games at my two previous clubs but I believe this one will also go down in the history books for Everton and I'm looking forward to it.
"When I was at Borussia Dortmund, we used to play every weekend in front of 83,000, so this occasion will not concern me.
"At Ajax, we played AC Milan in the Champions League at the San Siro, which was also pretty impressive.
"But, for me, this is like a normal game, it is just that it's a semi-final."
Sir Alex Ferguson's men have been victorious in two tournaments already this season and are in the running for three more titles, so Pienaar is under no illusions about the size of the task facing Everton.
He said: "Manchester United are not only the top team in England but in Europe also.
"But sometimes a side has a dip in form and in the last few games they have not done so well, but they can turn it around in a second. We just have to go out and play our own game and not worry about them."