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Premier League club’s entire squad have not won a single FA Cup game between them leaving their manager stunned

UNAI EMERY held a roll call of his Aston Villa players and told  them:  ‘Show me your medals!’

And he was stunned to discover NONE of his current squad have won an FA Cup tie for the Villans.

Midfield superstar John McGinn has gone out in the FA Cup at the first hurdle every time since joining Aston Villa from Hibs in 2018

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Midfield superstar John McGinn has gone out in the FA Cup at the first hurdle every time since joining Aston Villa from Hibs in 2018Credit: Rex

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Scotland star John McGinn sheepishly confessed he had been knocked out at the third-round stage every season since arriving  in August 2018.

In fact you have to go back seven seasons to January 2016 to find Villa’s last win in the competition when they beat fourth-tier Wycombe 2-0 — in  a replay!

Last season when even cup specialist boss Emery could not prevent them crashing out 2-1 to League Two Stevenage, who floored them with two goals in the final two minutes!

Emery admits that is unacceptable for a club who have won the trophy seven times — but not since 1957.

He said: “I was watching something about how many times Villa won the FA Cup and it hasn’t happened for a long time.

“The last time we played in the final was against Arsenal in 2015, nearly ten years ago.

“We have to be more demanding because winning this trophy brings a lot of prestige for the players, the club, every supporter and coach.

“I wanted to paint a mental picture for the players about winning the FA Cup  and that if we were successful  we would also then qualify for the Europa League.”

Boss Unai Emery says Villa's recent record in the FA Cup is unacceptable

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Boss Unai Emery says Villa’s recent record in the FA Cup is unacceptableCredit: Rex

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So four-time Europa League winner Emery — who also won seven domestic trophies with Paris Saint-Germain — got his squad together and went round each one, in what amounted to a game of: ‘What have you won?’

He said: “I wanted to know how many had been successful in cup competitions before — maybe not the FA Cup — and maybe in other countries.

“For example, I was successful in winning cups in France with PSG and Moussa Diaby was also successful and won a trophy in France, too.

“I told them about my experience in Spain where I reached some semi-finals but only one final with Sevilla against Barcelona — and we lost.

“It is very important to try to share those experiences with the players and make them aware of the prestige that winning the FA Cup brings.”

It is fair to say Villa will need to raise their cup game considerably to win the famous competition this term.

Emery joked: “I asked John McGinn about his record because he was here for most of the failures!

“He said he’s  never won an FA Cup tie here before but he wants to break that record! And it has helped us understand our motivation before we left for Middlesbrough.

“We have to respect them because they are a good team who are going to play in the semi-final of the  Carabao Cup against Chelsea.

“But we’re  in one of the top spots in the Premier League and for them it will be a special match.”

One stat Emery will be interested in is that the last time Villa played Boro in the FA Cup was the last  season they won  it — 67 years ago.

Matty Cash and Douglas Luiz, seen sandwiching Sheffield United's Andre Brooks, are looking to notch a first FA Cup victory as Villa players

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Matty Cash and Douglas Luiz, seen sandwiching Sheffield United’s Andre Brooks, are looking to notch a first FA Cup victory as Villa playersCredit: Getty

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