Manchester United dream motivates U’s boss

SWINDON Supermarine come to Essex with an FA Cup giant-killing dream tomorrow, but Colchester United manager John Ward is equally determined to live out one of his own.

Almost one hundred places separates the high-flying League One hosts and the Zamaretto League Premier Division visitors, who are the lowest ranked side left in the competition.

It is undoubtedly the biggest match in Supermarine’s short 18-year history, however, experienced U’s boss Ward has got his players fired up as he looks to fulfil one of his own lifelong ambitions.

“I keep saying it, but I want to get through to the third round and draw Manchester United away,” said the Lincoln-born 59-year-old.

“Everyone will be talking about our opposition and quite rightly so because it is massive day for them, but the motivation and incentive is exactly the same for us – get into the next round and hope to get a trip to one of the big boys.

“I keep mentioning Manchester United because the are my favourite club in the Premier League and I grew up watching great players from the Munich (aeroplane disaster) era, the likes of Denis Law and Bobby Charlton. They are one of the biggest clubs in the world, I admired them as a kid and I still admire them now.”

He continued: “There is no way I’ll be resting anyone or taking anything for granted whatsoever this weekend.

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“If you think I’m putting across how important this is to you (the media) quite strongly, then come in and listen to what I have been saying in my dressing room. My players have been left in no doubt how important this is.

“They (Swindon Supermarine) have got a fantastic chance to make a name for themselves, but the point I’m making is that so have we. I don’t deny them their moment, but I want this result to be a quiet one on Saturday night.”

Meanwhile, U’s defender Magnus Okuonghae will see an specialist today over his reoccuring ankle injury. “It’s a concern,” said Ward. “A scan has shown something and I’m not prepared to put him in the team at the moment.”

– For a two-page match preview of Swindon Supermarine v Colchester United, see Saturday’s EADT.