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Man Utd boss Ferguson admits Leeds Cup dumping still burns

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits their FA Cup humiliation by Leeds United last season still burns.

United face Liverpool on Sunday in the FA Cup Third Round.

"It was a bad result last season against Leeds, especially considering the rivalry between the two clubs," Ferguson said.

"In hindsight I could have picked a stronger team. I won't be making that mistake this time."

Having left Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Edwin van der Sar out of his starting line-up to face Stoke last night, Ferguson has experienced options at his disposal.

He also has a former Liverpool player in Michael Owen, who was on target for the Reds when they last travelled to Old Trafford for an FA Cup tie in 1999.

That game was remarkable for the fact Liverpool led for 85 minutes, yet contrived to lose thanks to late goals from Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"I don't forget Michael Owen's goal,' recalled Ferguson. 'It was a header and Gary Neville was caught napping at the back post. But we battered them after that."

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