McMana-ham aiming for repeat victory over City

Callum McManaman (left) and Ben Watson celebrate the winning FA Cup final goal last year
Callum McManaman (left) and Ben Watson celebrate the winning FA Cup final goal last year

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.