He feels lifting the trophy again this season could be just as important for the current crop of players ahead of their quarter-final on Wednesday against giantkillers Colchester.
“It's massive for a player, the first trophy he wins, no matter which one it is," said the United boss.
“For me, I remember when Patrice and Nemanja Vidic won their first trophy against Wigan.
“They got that winning feeling and when you get that feeling of winning it's something you want more and more of.
“This group, we have a few players who won the championship, but there're fewer and fewer left of them, so for us it would be massive.
“Any player or any team - and for us now it's a good team that's building - would benefit a lot from winning a trophy or getting to a final. Of course winning it is major.
“Now we've got a chance of getting into the semis so for us this game is a big one."