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Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy is thinking positively ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final tie with English, European and World Club champions Manchester United.

The Red Devils, who are looking for success in an unprecedented five competitions this season, have lost only three games this term, the last of which was in January.

Although the former Liverpool midfielder concedes United have an impressively strong squad, he has taken heart from their recent league game against Newcastle United, insisting they are not unassailable.

“You can talk about their best XI, but this is the best squad they’ve ever had,” Murphy is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

“They tweak the team and don’t seem to bring in any players who make them weaker. They raise eyebrows when they pick [Ryan] Giggs and Darren Fletcher for [Paul] Scholes and [Michael] Carrick against Chelsea, then win 3-0.

“Giggs was man-of-the-match, and probably also the best player at San Siro against Inter, but he doesn’t play in the next few [games].

“But we’re not playing a team from a different planet, or even a different division. People keep saying they can’t win all five. Maybe it’s the FA Cup they’re going to lose out on.

“To beat them, you have to play to your maximum and hope they don’t. Sure, it’s daunting, but Newcastle could have been three up against them in midweek, and United only won the game thanks to a defensive mistake.

“So it’s not like we’re playing a team that’s invincible. Far from it. I know from the past they can be beaten, and we’ve got our own quality.

“We’re not fearful of them. We’re an organised side with some quality, so why not? Why can’t we be the side that throws a spanner in the works?”