The FA Cup Semi-Final: City vs United [P+R]

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Blues and Red Devils do battle at Wembley for right to grace final

Local pride and a place in the FA Cup final will be at stake when Manchester's arch-rivals lock horns at Wembley on Saturday.

Much of the build-up to the game has focused on the absence of two strikers, with both sides set to be without their most talismanic attacking weapons.

An untimely injury to Carlos Tevez has stripped Manchester City of the services of their skipper, while Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney is set to sit out the second game of his two-match ban.

There will, however, still be plenty of firepower on show at the home of English football and a derby date with so much at stake will only help to add to the occasion.

Ambitious City know that the FA Cup represents their last chance to pick up silverware this season and end their 35-year-wait for a major trophy.

Unfortunately for them, their recent record on the road suggests they could be in trouble, with Roberto Mancini's men having failed to win away from Eastlands since Boxing Day, a run of 10 games.

City have also lost their last four meetings with United in the FA Cup and have prevailed in just two of their last seven meetings with Premier League rivals in English football's most prestigious knockout competition.

Mancini's men will also be hugely disappointed to have seen Tevez ruled out, with the Argentine having plundered more goals on his own this season (22) than possible stand-ins Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Jo have managed between them (17).

United will also be hampered by the absence of Rooney, who has been in red-hot form of late, but have plenty of back-up options available.

The Red Devils have, rather surprisingly, gone seven years since they last tasted FA Cup glory, but remain the most successful side in the competition's history.

Success this season would help United to edge closer to another Treble, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side also well placed in the hunt for Premier League and UEFA Champions League glory.

The Red Devils have lost only one of their previous nine semi-finals under Ferguson, to Everton in 2009, and no side has managed to breach their defence twice in an FA Cup game since Middlesbrough in 2007.

City team news
Mancini must come up with a makeshift forward line for Manchester City's date with destiny.

With skipper Tevez ruled out by a hamstring injury, Mancini must decide whether to include Balotelli, Dzeko or both for the mouth-watering clash with United.

Micah Richards returns after three weeks out with his own hamstring problem, while David Silva and Nigel de Jong will be included after failing to make the starting line-up for Monday's defeat at Liverpool.


United team news
Rooney's suspension provides the only selection dilemma to Ferguson, with Dimitar Berbatov likely to be drafted back into the starting XI alongside Javier Hernandez.

The only other absentee for United is Darren Fletcher, with the Scotland international still a couple of weeks away from a return following an illness.

With a virtually fully-fit squad from which to select, there is intense competition for places within the United ranks - with Rafael, Paul Scholes and Antonio Valencia all pushing for recalls.

 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
Can't wait for the kick-off.

Thats City's first Wembley appearance since 1999 btw. That was for the Division 2 playoff final.
 

clash

Senior Squad
- the first commercial flight of a Concorde plane
- formation of Apple
- Ramones release their first album
- summer olympics in Montreal
- death of Mao Zedong
- birth of Ronaldo and van Nistelrooy
- last time Manchester City won anything
 

newbie original

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Yellow Card
Almost half-time and Man City haven't done sh*t! 1-0 easy win for Man United.

Without Tevez, all City could hope to do is what they've been doing over the entire 1st half.....defend and hope.

When Vincent Kompany gets your best chance of scoring a goal, you known you're in for a tough day.
 

Arnau

NGR LVR
What a dirty bastard Scholes is. Not the first time he do this kind of tackle when his team is losing.
 

Pizarro14

Starting XI
Well Done Man C*nts (H)



Loved the blue everyone. Btw Barca is stupid to let Yaya Toure slip from them. Most underrated footballer atm. He to me is worthy of always being my captain for my starting eleven.
 

mnj2x

Senior Squad
Pizarro14;3019859 said:
Well Done Man C*nts (H)



Loved the blue everyone. Btw Barca is stupid to let Yaya Toure slip from them. Most underrated footballer atm. He to me is worthy of always being my captain for my starting eleven.

What the heck..do you watch the PL regularly? out of 5 matches toure performs in 1 and goes missing in the rest. Hes the highest paid player in the PL and I can name 10 players in the PL better than him.

What toure has is his..pace and power. Hes explosive. Hes a decent footballer. Hes not underrated nor was barca stupid to let him go.
 

Pizarro14

Starting XI
mnj2x;3019912 said:
What the heck..do you watch the PL regularly? out of 5 matches toure performs in 1 and goes missing in the rest. Hes the highest paid player in the PL and I can name 10 players in the PL better than him.

What toure has is his..pace and power. Hes explosive. Hes a decent footballer. Hes not underrated nor was barca stupid to let him go.

To be honest I dont bother watching Man Citeh. Because your team is full of money hungry Mercenaries. It's a shame thou because it looks like Yaya Toure is going thru the same phase Kaka did after leaving AC Milan. It's a crying shame really....
 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
mnj2x;3019912 said:
What the heck..do you watch the PL regularly? out of 5 matches toure performs in 1 and goes missing in the rest. Hes the highest paid player in the PL and I can name 10 players in the PL better than him.

What toure has is his..pace and power. Hes explosive. Hes a decent footballer. Hes not underrated nor was barca stupid to let him go.

I can name 50.
 

Pogba4Now

Team Captain
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Told you I can.
 

rony31

Team Captain
All I saw were Scholes, Dempsey and Arshavin as I scrolled down all I needed to see to know you're a ******* idiot. Yaya's been an absolute force this season, he had a poor month last month which was visibly due to fatigue, but since we got ousted from the Europa League, he's been back to his best. Worth every penny for yesterday's goal alone, anyway (H)

You can shoooooooooooove your treble up your aaaaaaaassssssssss
 


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