we beat villa mboro and faced liverpool twice and utd and then into the final so we went quite far tbh
We're not talking about Villa and Boro, though, they're not top four opposition. The first leg at Anfield we played in a very negative fashion, and Lescott nicked a goal at the Kop end. That day, we got away with it. Well, we didn't, because Howard let them back in it. But we didn't get beat. At home, however, in the second leg, Moyes had to go for it for three reasons;
1) They had ten men.
2) It was a cup game, so someone HAD to win.
3) We were the home side.
And of course, you can dress it up as beating United but as Vermillion and I have already said, it was pretty much United reserves; Wellbeck, Gibson, Fabio, Rafael and Foster all started to my recollection.
And as Blarg said before, the whole reason we lost the final was because of such tactics!