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United 0 City 1

United, this evening, crashed out of the FA Cup to arch-rivals Manchester City.

For the semi-final, Sir Alex had to make do without the suspended Rooney. The boss chose to go with Berbatov up front with Hernandez, despite his recent glut of goals, on the bench. Elsewhere, Nani and Valencia were both selected, hoping to use the flanks to unsettle City, whilst Scholes was given the nod, in midfield to partner Carrick.

With Sir Alex sat in the stands, still banned, United got the action underway. The first few minutes saw some frantic action and a couple of unpunished feisty tackles go unpunished.

Van der Sar belied his age to rush out and thwart Balotelli before United, on the quarter of an hour mark, created two glorious chances. The first, after City lost possession, saw a neat interchange of passing by Park and Scholes set up Berbatov but Hart, in the City goal, produced a great save. Seconds later, when the ball was worked back in; a Nani cross should have been converted by Berbatov but from three yards out his effort somehow cleared the bar.

Carrick saw a shot blocked before United forced a couple of corners. The first, after a Carrick cross had been turned behind, saw a Berbatov header land on the roof of the net whilst a second, after a Nani cross had been turned behind, saw Vidic head wide when well placed.

Carrick, fouled outside the box by Barry, allowed Nani to take the free kick and his shot was deflected behind for a corner, from the resulting corner Berbatov saw his header go wide.

As the half hour mark was passed, City sprung to life. Barry hit the side-netting before Balotelli unleashed a thirty-yard shot that Van der Sar tipped over the bar. Some good work from Johnson saw City win a corner and when the ball found Lescott, some ten yards out, his volley flew narrowly over the bar.

Nani saw a volley fly wide before a run by Yaya Toure saw a shot deflected for a corner. The ball was worked to Kompany who saw his shot go narrowly wide.

It had been an interesting first half.

Half Time - United 0 City 0

City started the second half playing much the better football. An early cross form Kolarov caused problems and City went ahead seven minutes into the half. It came after Carrick had lost possession with a poor pass, Toure strode forward, shrugged off a challenge and netted through the legs of Van der Sar.

United 0 City 1 (Yaya Toure - 52 minutes)

United were not having the best of times and City were looking as if they could double their lead. Van der Sar had to turn behind a cross from Johnson whilst Ferdinand had to hack clear conceding a corner moments later. Silva produced another telling cross that Lescott headed wide and United were rocking. From a free kick Nani saw his shot tipped, brilliantly, on to the bar by Hart, could United get any closer?

Midway, almost, through the half, matters went from bad to worse. Scholes mistimed a tackle and caught Kolarov with an awful tackle and was shown the red card. Hernandez and Anderson were introduced as United tried to wrestle something from the game.

Carrick saw a shot saved by Hart whilst Hernandez saw a shot blocked by Hart. Park, as the pressure increased, saw his header saved by Hart and although there were five minutes of stoppage time it was City that looked the stronger with Van der Sar producing two stops.

Dreams of the Treble might be over but we`ve still got a lot to look forward tO have we not!

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Saturday April 16 2011
Time: 7:24PM


16/04/2011 19:34:00
Unlucky for a change.
16/04/2011 19:57:00
Still Laughing one less to win, were gonna win them all, HAHAHA
Tiny T
16/04/2011 20:01:00
not fair i was watching it with my dad then i was beating him up cos man city won and now im 10 yrs old
16/04/2011 20:17:00
Never mind United, theres always next year lolololol
16/04/2011 20:48:00
Oh , this just might teach Rooney to keep his cake-hole shut huh ???...but then again , maybe not !!! LMAO
16/04/2011 20:51:00
Ah well it could of been worse, it could of been the only thing we had a chance to win this season I guess we will just have to pick ourselves up for shalke and the prem run in. On a serious note, Carrick is the most useless, supposed, midfielder United have ever had, Djemba Djemba would outplay that *****hawk. Yaya Toure completely tore apart a useless crap Carrick and an aging, tiring Scholes. Berbatov? Well there ain't enough space to write about that****.
16/04/2011 21:00:00
I've got no issue with losing, for some reason I didn't fancy us winning the FA Cup anyway, i'm focused on the Premier League, another trophy i'm not overly certain about yet either. Despite losing i'm still gutted I missed the game. No excuses for losing though, we can comfort ourselves with the statistics but ultimately the only thing that matters is the result and fair play to City for getting it. Via facebook though i've heard some of our players, namely Ferdinand, took losing the wrong way and i'm ashamed that the team didn't remained dignified in defeat. What happens on the pitch happens on the pitch, after the game everything should be forgotten.
16/04/2011 21:03:00
Kanchelskis, i'm in no position to tell you you're wrong but do you not think some of your comments are knee jerk reactions? Granted Carrick has been abysmal in general this season but as of late i've seen him play pretty well. Surely he wasn't that bad? He co(ked up but it's merely the nature of the game and there's very few players who haven't made mistakes that could change games. 5hit happens, you take it on the chin and move on, it's not like we can't compete again next year. As for Berby, having watched the highlights you do wonder how he missed his 2nd chance (no issues with the 1st, simply a fantastic save by heart) but one game doesn't tell the story for the whole season, he has been key to our push for the 19th league title, which we will hopefully be lifting at the end of the season. City can have their first trophy in 35 years and the mocking banner (assuming they win in the final), I don't care as long as we break that Scouse record! United!!!
16/04/2011 22:19:00
ah well
17/04/2011 01:32:00
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