CALLUM McManaman will repeat last year’s unusual pre-match routine in the hope history can repeat itself against Manchester City.
Latics travel to The Etihad tomorrow (Sunday) in a repeat of last May’s FA Cup Final, aiming to book a semi-final spot at Wembley.
McManaman reckons victory would represent a bigger achievement than their 1-0 triumph to win the famous trophy 10 months ago.
But the midfield ace is confident they can pull off another shock - and is even going to follow the same ritual as last time ... by eating a ham baguette!
“One of the chefs just asked me then, ‘Are you going to have the same pre-match as you did final day?’” he said.
“I was hungry so he sorted me out a big baguette before I got on the coach. which I never do. I had that and I ended up playing well, so he said he’s going to do it again on Sunday.”
Big-spending City have already won the League Cup as they hunt an unprecedented quadruple. They go into tomorrow’s showdown as overwhelming favourites – just as they were last time.
McManaman concedes it will be more difficult to get a victory tomorrow, but says they will go with their confidence sky-high after a run of five straight victories including a 2-1 Cup win at Premier League outfit Cardiff.
“It would be an even bigger achievement, it’s going to be a lot harder,” he said.
“We’ve got a different team, ours has completely changed, but I don’t see why we can’t go there and nick a result.
“When you see them putting five or six past teams, with nearly the same team we beat last season – it’s mad when you think about it.