Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha is convinced Louis van Gaal's side can win the FA Cup this season and use the triumph as a base to build upon under the Dutchman's regime.
On Monday night, the Red Devils came from a goal down to beat Preston North End 3-1 at Deepdale, setting up a quarter-final battle between the Reds and Arsenal on the 9th of March.
And, Saha who won two Premier League titles and a Champions League with United, gave his thought on why he thinks winning the competition will be a catalyst for the team over the coming seasons.
"This competition is very important in terms of confidence," Saha told MUTV.
"It’d be good for Louis van Gaal to bring some success through confidence. It’s definitely a platform to create a new period for Manchester United.”
The 36-year-old also expects an entertaining clash between Manchester United and Arsenal.
“It’s amazing, especially when you have two different styles of play,” Saha said. “They’re always very entertaining games. Being in the FA Cup and having that spirit and drive that the fans bring into the competition is immense. Playing against Arsenal in any stage of the competition is great.
“It is strange because you have so many great memories with teammates that you are now facing. You want to prove that you are a top player. Danny [Welbeck] will do his best to show that – that’s part of the game because we are professional and we like competition.
"It’s always special because Old Trafford is a special place to play football. I think he will receive a good reception and, at the same time, a lot of respect.”