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Steven Pienaar says he expects Everton's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United to "go down in the history books".

The South African midfielder is ready to help Everton progress to their first final since lifting the trophy in 1995.

And with David Moyes' men set to lock horns with a Manchester United side he described as the best in Europe, Pienaar believes Sunday's Wembley encounter has all the ingredients of an FA Cup classic.

Asked in an exclusive interview with evertonTV where the game will rank alongside others he has played in, the former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund man said: "It will definitely be on top. I've played in a lot of important games and I think this one will also go down in the history books and I'm looking forward to it."

Having played in some of German football's grandest fixtures, Pienaar insists he will not be daunted by Wembley's 90,000 capacity crowd

Indeed, in his Dortmund days it was normal for him to perform in front of numbers not dissimilar to that which will await him on Sunday

"When I was at Borussia Dortmund we used to play every weekend in front of 83,000, so it's quite close," he said. "At Ajax when we played AC Milan in the Champions League I played at the San Siro which was also a big stadium.

"For me, this is like a normal game, it's just that it's a semi-final. Like when you play at home with all the supporters behind you, you have to enjoy the moment."

Though Manchester United have suffered defeats against Liverpool and Fulham in recent weeks, Pienaar moved to play down claims this could be the best time to face Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

He feels a squad possessing the quality and experience of United's will always be capable of producing on the big occasion.

"Manchester United is not only the top team in England but in Europe also," he said. "Sometimes you have a dip and in the last four games they haven't done so well, but they can turn it around in a second. We just have to go out and play our own game and not worry about them."

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