Alan Pardew watched his side reach the FA Cup final and immediately recalled the 1990 semi-final against Liverpool when his goal sealed the victory and a similar move gave Palace the advantage in this match with Watford.
“We paid a bit of homage to that side with the flick-on for the corner, Steve Coppell can take a bit of credit for that one.
“This is a different team, with a different spirit, but the characteristics are similar to 1990. They are hard-working, diligent, with good defenders and some pace on the attack.
“I just hope the destiny isn’t the same result in the final.”
Alan is looking forward to leading his team out at Wembley against Louis Van Gaal’s side and all that goes with a cup final appearance.
“I'm pleased for Louis that he's got there. They're the biggest club in the world. It's a tough task for us and the game-plan will be different, but we'll buy into it. We have got players who can hurt any team.
“We had some fun with all the preparations in 1990 and I am sure a song could be part of the plan for the lads but not sure what theme it would take. It might have a bit of rapping section in there. Or house, whatever they do now. I'm so out of touch. The guys can enjoy that build-up. We've got a bit of work to do in the League, which I didn't mention in the dressing room because they would have thrown things at me.
"We have to keep our focus and ensure the team is ready for three important league games. We need to get the points, and then we can enjoy the cup final."
The manager is pleased that Wilfried Zaha has the opportunity to face his former side and another chance for the winger to show his ability.
“The final will be a big day for him, of course, because it didn't work out for him, this guy has unbelievable ability. He's so young. I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday and he was asking after him. I could tell he was disappointed it hadn't worked out for him because he has Manchester United traits – he’s quick and powerful and can run all day. He needed a bit more experience and he's getting that now.”
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