Last updated : 05 January 2003 By Editor

Firstly SAF:

“The League Cup saved my career. The record books will tell you that we have only won the competition once - in 1992.

“the previous season we lost in the final to Sheffield Wednesday. But the two cup runs were extremely important to me as it was around the time I started to turn things around.

“It’s not a competition we have distinguished ourselves in. I have varied my team selection to spread the workload. But in recent years we have had tricky draws away to Villa, Sunderland, Tottenham and Arsenal and this season’s quarter final against Chelsea wasn’t easy.

“I think we are better equipped to handle it now we have real quality in depth. We have a powerful squad which, with a bit of luck, could see us go all the way.”

Wes Brown:

It's extremely important for the side to succeed in this competition. I know big teams can be reluctant to field strong sides in it but you can see from how far we've gone that we are taking it very seriously. Finishing empty-handed last season hurt everyone at the club and at the start of this campaign we decided we wanted to win everything we entered."

“Andy and Dwight will both be fired up for the match, there is no doubt about that. Personally I don't think they have anything to prove - they did that when they were at Old Trafford. Let's not forget they fired us to the treble and you don't do that by being average players.

"They are extremely difficult to play against and almost have a telepathic understanding between them as well as pace and an obvious eye for goal.”

Dwight Yorke:

"I know from my own time at United that the manager sets high standards and what can happen if you don't perform to the level he wants.

"I was bitterly disappointed with the way that I left United. I would have liked to have left Old Trafford in different circumstances. These things happens sometimes, though, and you just have to get on with it.

"But I don't think for one second that I have a point to prove to United. My record at Old Trafford says it all. I don't need to prove myself to anyone. I had great success at Old Trafford and playing United will always be a special game.

"I'm just delighted that Graeme Souness gave me the chance to express myself at Blackburn. All I am interested in now is getting a result against my former team on the day."

And Souness chips in:

"This game doesn't hold any surprises for us," he said.

"We are playing against a team on fire who, some might say, will be looking for revenge after we turned them over a few weeks back.

"They have winners throughout their side and they will want to win on the night.

"One of the reasons Manchester United are such a top team is that they carry a goal threat from so many areas.

"If you stop one, two, three, four or five that is not the end of your problems and that's what makes them such a top team.

"They can score tap-ins or spectacular goals, have great passing movement and set-pieces. I'm describing a great team.

"You cannot dismiss quality and they have it in abundance."

"They are a team in form, but we believe we can go there and get a result," he added.

"We know it will be an extremely hard game and I just hope we give a good account of ourselves.

"There is no secret to our season's priorities and that is why we are going there to enjoy ourselves."