CALLUM McManaman is convinced Wigan Athletic can overturn the form-book and reach Wembley this weekend.
The 21-year-old is a lifelong Everton fan, but will be doing everything he can to KO the club who released him as a schoolboy.
And despite going into the game on the back of a 4-0 hiding from Liverpool, McManaman believes Latics have a great chance of reaching the last four for the first time.
“I’m really looking forward to the game – it’s a massive game for both sides and I can’t wait,” he told the Evening Post.
“Hopefully I’ll be starting, and I’ll be made up playing against my old club. Fingers crossed we can do it and make it to Wembley.
“In any other year I’d want Everton to go to Wembley – but not this year.
“It’s our year this time, and there’s a real feeling in the camp that we can do it.
“We just need to bounce back after Saturday, and we’ve done that many times in the past.
“I don’t see any reason why we can’t, and to go to Wembley would be amazing - a dream come true.”
McManaman’s family all favour the blue half of Merseyside - but he admits they will all be converted Latics fans come Saturday.
“I’m a massive Evertonian, we used to have season tickets in the Gladwys Street, and I still look out for the results.
“Duncan Ferguson was my hero as a kid - he was a real legend among the fans and he was always my favourite.
“Our games are obviously favour the blue half of Merseyside - but he admits they will all be converted Latics fans come Saturday.
“I’m from a family of massive Evertonians - we used to have season tickets in the Gladwys Street and I still look out for the results,” he added.
“Duncan Ferguson was my completely different, but I just loved the way he was on the pitch - a bit mad, but in a good way.
“I’ve not been for a while, but all my family are still Evertonians and they’ll all be there on the day.
“Having said that, they’ll all be wanting Wigan to , so they’ll be in the away end just this once cheering me and the boys on.
“I’ll always have a soft spot for Everton but I’m a Wigan player now - and all my focus is on helping us to win the game and getting through to Wembley.”