United, winners of the competition last term, were stunned as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Championship high-flyers Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night.
The general consensus was that the Robins fully deserved the victory, but Jose Mourinho wasn’t in agreement. The Red Devils boss, who made ten changes to his team, said the hosts were a ‘bit lucky’ to win, while he also took a swipe at some of his fringe players who apparently ‘didn’t want to come to the office’.
Mourinho spent close to £150million strengthening his squad in the summer transfer window, but he is now left with the prospect of finishing the campaign without silverware.
With the Premier League title seemingly already in the hands of rivals Manchester City and a host of European giants to overcome in the Champions League knock-out stage, it appears the FA Cup is their last hope.
And Wilkins says the team must now ‘go all-out’ for the famous trophy.
Asked for his reaction to United’s shock defeat, the former midfielder said: “One of the things about the romance of English cup games used to be the state of the pitch you were playing on.
“But the Manchester United players don’t have that one to fall back on now, because the pitch at Bristol City was in immaculate condition.
“They were playing on a perfect surface, they were just outgunned, and that’s a little bit sad from a side that only had three trophies to go for.
“As far as I’m concerned, the Premier League is done.
“United had the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Champions League, and you’d have to say the Champions League is a bit of a distance away at the moment.
“So, for me, it’s the FA Cup they’ve got to go all-out for now.”