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12 April 2013

Quarter final hero excited ahead of tomorrow and he’s bringing an army of supporters along with him.

“I can’t wait for Saturday, it’s a massive game and if I play it will be the biggest game of my career,” said the 21-year-old forward.

“I’ve got 55 of my mates going on a coach on Saturday morning and there are 25 of my family members going so it’s quite a big following.”

With such a following behind him personally, McManaman aims to make them proud but is even more so determined to do his team mates and the Wigan Athletic fans proud too.

“My friends and family are going to have a great day out and I really want all of our fans to enjoy it because it’s as much a big day for them as it is for us.

“If we can win the game and get to the final it will be unbelievable for the club and you never know what my happen in a game with such a big occasion around it.”

Although his friends and family are originally from Liverpool and Everton backgrounds, McManaman said Latics have a huge place in their hearts.

“My Dad has been an Evertonian all of his life and he’s not as interested in them as much anymore because he supports Wigan Athletic now.

“He’ll be one of 80 adopted Wiganers in our end come Saturday and they care that much for the club that they’ve adopted it as their own.

“Hopefully I can make them proud and you never know they might be able to celebrate a goal.

“But I’ve made sure they bought tickets in the second tier because otherwise if I scored they would probably run onto the pitch.”

The former England Under 20 international has played in every game in the FA Cup run so far, scoring in both of the previous two rounds but admits that it wasn’t an easy start for himself.

“When we started the cup campaign against Bournemouth I wasn’t playing very well and I started to get a bit frustrated because I wasn’t fully fit and hadn’t been playing many games.

“It all changed at the Macclesfield game and I think that’s where I turned around my form personally and as a team we’ve just kicked on from that game.”

On breaking into the recent starting line-ups McManaman added:

“I’m made up just to be in the starting XI in any game because I’ve been working hard to get there for three years so if I’m picked for Saturday I’ll be absolutely delighted.

“I’ve been to Wembley to watch games in the past and it’s an amazing stadium but if I play there it will just be something else.”

Join in the excitement on Twitter by using #wafcwembley and send in your photos as we build up to the big game tomorrow!

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