Tim Howard has gone into detail on Everton's penalty shootout victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final, 12 years on from the day itself.

The former Blues goalkeeper also revealed what he said to his teammates as they huddled together in preparation for the spot kicks, and explained why he was so confident heading into a nerve-wracking occasion.

The club's international ambassador was speaking at Everton's first ever USA Live event, connecting fans across the United States in a special virtual festival on Saturday evening.

The event included interviews with Mason Holgate and Sandy McIver among others, as well as live segments from Marcel Brands and Abdoulaye Doucoure - but the longest chat was with Howard.

Over the course of his hour on screen, he delved into his thoughts surrounding the FA Cup semi final against Manchester United 12 years ago today, and explained why it was such a big moment for him.

The former goalkeeper remarked: "That was a big moment for me. We were playing so well during that stretch of a couple of years, defensively we were rock solid - getting 17 or 18 clean sheets.

"We, front to back, felt really good and obviously that was a brilliant cup run starting with the gaffer taking us to Macclesfield Town the day before [the game], the pitch was frozen over and he was like, 'Ok, get used to these dressing rooms, we're not going to have any surprises tomorrow!'.

"The run felt magical and I just think, for me, that was the moment for myself - this wasn't for any supporters, it wasn't any bad blood - it just point the whole Man United chapter to bed for me.

"I'd played Man United in the league before and all that, but this was like, 'We beat them in a major game, I played my part in that', it was done.

"Also, going to a cup final with Everton knowing our history, talking about how monumental that was gives me goosebumps even to remember it.

"The shootout is special, they're always big moments for players - whether you score the winning penalty or make a save. I shed a lot of tears in that blue shirt over the years and it was a day I'll never forget!"

After what was a tense 120 minutes of football, the tie finished 0-0 and went to penalties.

Despite Manchester United at the time chasing a potential quadruple and arguably at their peak under Sir Alex Ferguson, Howard was looking forward to the shootout.

The goalkeeper still understood that for a lot of players the experience on the day was not just physically tough, but mentally as well.

"I don't think what the viewing public understands is that this game is so mentally taxing," the former Everton man explained.

"When you go 120 minutes forget physically, in a regular game my teammates are running 13km and over the course of extra time they're running so far and they're bodies are just done - but mentally you're exhausted.

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"I think what ends up happening, this is why I kind of love penalties, is there's a finality to it. I know it sounds silly but we've been at this a while now, we're at a stalemate, there needs to be an end.

"I think for a lot of players it's kind of like, 'Let's do this shootout, let's get it over with,' and obviously you have a lot of positive thoughts that you're going to win.

"For me, as a goalkeeper, I thought that now we'd figure out who is a winner and who's a loser - and I always enjoyed penalty shootouts."

There was a reason Howard was so confident for the shootout.

The goalkeeper went on to explain what he would tell his teammates before situations such as this one as he had completed copious amounts of homework on the United squad in the build-up to the match.

Howard added: "I would tell my team as we huddled up after extra time, 'Guys, just score. Over the course of five shots, I'll save one, the percentages in my favour. I don't know how many I'll save, but I'll probably get one, all you've got to do is score yours'.

"Tim Cahill didn't take my advice! But, most of the time, I told them to focus on their one shot and I'd take care of the rest. So that was the belief I had, and going into that shootout I was so confident.

"I knew those shooters inside and out, not because I'd played with them but because of the homework I did.

"Shootouts are a funny thing, they can be won or lost pretty early. When you miss like that [in the first kick], it certainly put the pressure on to find that save I was talking about.

"Sometimes you don't actually find that save until the end, but being able to save the first and level it up was massive."

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Victory at Wembley meant that, for the first time in 14 years, Everton would contest a major cup final.

The scenes at the national stadium in London were incredible long after Phil Jagielka's deciding strike had rippled the back of the net, with supporters staying behind to cheer their heroes on.

One of those, of course, was Howard - and he opened up on a piece of memorabilia that he still has to this day to remind him of such a special occasion.

"I can tell you that, after the fact at 42 years old now, you start to think I'm the luckiest guy in the world," he concluded.

"I had that moment. I thankfully have had a few of those moments I can keep in the vault.

"I was able to stand there for a club that I love, filled with emotion and exhilaration, and just be loved by 20,000 of my own people. Who gets that? I'm a lucky guy.

"I still have one of my most prized possessions, as supporters do they throw their scarves on the pitch and there's a picture of me and someone threw a massive scarf - it's about six foot long and I still have it at home hung up in my office.

"I didn't wash it - it smells of champagne, booze, dirt but it doesn't matter! I don't care, it takes me back to that moment."