Cup upset 'like having sex with Madonna' for Di Canio

The Swindon boss describes the feeling of scoring the winner in an FA Cup tie against Manchester United and hopes his side can stage their own giant killing against Aston Villa

Paulo Di Canio says scoring the winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup was like "having sex with Madonna" and is looking for Swindon to recreate that feeling when they face Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup.

The enigmatic Italian controversially netted the winner for West Ham in a fourth round tie at Old Trafford in 2001 and wants to experience a similar sensation as a manager by masterminding the Robins to victory against Premier League opposition Villa.

"I have to tell you, when I scored that goal to knock out Manchester United, it was a very exciting moment," Di Canio told the Daily Mirror.

"It was like having sex with Madonna. I don’t know if this will be the same as a manager. Probably yes.

"It would be fantastic. Let me try it."

Since arriving at the County Ground last year Di Canio has reinvigorated Swindon, leading them to promotion from League Two, putting their success down to playing football at a top-flight standard and plenty of positive reinforcement in the dressing room.

"Since my arrival, we have tried to play more like football is played in the Premier League," added Di Canio.

"The way I work on the details with my football, I think it is easier to play against Manchester United [than lesser sides] because we play good football.

"I am sure that if we play them one day, we are going to create four clear chances - and maybe concede six goals.

"I'm never going to lie to my players. I told them we can win against Villa - we can win against any side."