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City 2 United 3

City 2 United 3

United edged past City, in a five goal thriller; to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Team News - Sir Alex`s starting eleven looked to be the strongest he could pick considering the injury problems that have beset the club. The only surprise, after praising De Gea in the morning press was his decision to stick with the `cheaper` option, transfer-wise, Anders Lindegaard in goal. Paul Scholes, having announced his return from retirement, was on the bench.

United - Lindegaard, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Smalling, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck

Subs - De Gea, Evans, Rafael, Anderson, Park, Scholes, Hernandez

First Half - United go the action underway but it was to be City that were to press United back into their own area in the opening exchanges. In fact, in the first eight minutes in the Manchester rain, United couldn`t get out of there own area.

But in the ninth minute, with our first attack, we were ahead. Giggs released the ball to Rooney, who in turn fed it out wide to Valencia and when the cross came in it was the advancing Rooney that climbed to head the ball home off the under-side of the bar.

City 0 United 1 (Rooney - 9 minutes)

For Manchester City matters went from bad to worse three minutes later when Chris Foy deemed that a low challenge on Nani was a red card offence and Kompany trudged off.

Lindegaard produced a good save to deny Aguero when the Argentine`s curling shot looked destined for the top corner. Jones shrugged off a leg injury to continue and the home sides hopes were raised when Silva skipped past two defenders but saw his shot deflected wide.

Giggs, playing superbly in the middle of the park, released the ball for Nani to see his shot blocked before, down the other end, Aguero hit the side netting with a shot.

On the half hour mark United doubled their lead. Evra got in down the left and when it looked as if the danger was going to be cleared Welbeck produced an acrobatic volley to leave the keeper grasping a thin air.

City 0 United 2 (Welbeck - 30 minutes)

Nine minutes later, with United well on top, Welbeck was brought down in the penalty area and Chris Foy had no qualms about pointing to the spot. Rooney stepped up but saw Pantilimon dive the correct way to beat his shot away, fortunately the ball looped perfectly up in the air for Rooney to nod home.

City 0 United 3 (Rooney - 39 minutes)

As half time approached united could have had a fourth when a wonderful ball in from Valencia, skidded across the face of the goal with Welbeck inches away from getting a decisive touch.

Half Time - City 0 United 3

Second Half - If United thought the second half would be a cruise they were wrong. Three minutes into the half City reduced the arrears when Evra hauled down Richards and from the free kick Kolarov produced a stunner that dipped over the wall and into the bottom corner.

City 1 United 3 (Kolarov - 48 minutes)

United responded with a header form Nani that went wide whilst Jones, driving into the box, won a corner that was struck wide by Rooney when the ball was worked back to him.

Just before the hour mark, Sir Alex brought on Scholes, taking off Nani and United believed they should have had a penalty when KolArov clearly obstructed Valencia as he went to go past the full back.

With sixty-four minute son the clock, City reduced the arrears further when Aguero netted following a sloppy pass from Scholes. Lindegaard did well to keep out the initial striker but the Argentine striker reacted well to turn the rebound home.

City 2 United 3 (Aguero - 64 minutes)

United, keeping possession against the ten-men in an effort to drain their fitness, saw Scholes drove a rasping low shot wide before Sir Alex introduced Anderson in place of Welbeck.

City, as the clock ran own, believed they should have had a penalty when the ball struck Jones` arm but Chris Foy waved play on. With three minutes of stoppage time announced we were treated to a frantic finale whereby the City keeper got his head to a corner but couldn`t guide the ball towards the net.

United were through.

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Sunday January 8 2012
Time: 3:02PM


how much do these refs cost/ just asking the obvious
08/01/2012 15:13:00
Such a shame that Foy spoiled this game. Outstanding second half display from City, proud of the team. Pride in Battle. CTID
08/01/2012 15:20:00
2 clear penalites were missed, one for each. He then cost United a goal when awarded Richards a freekick, when it was blantantly obvious Richards was the one fouling Evra. The red card was the correct decision, you cannot tackle with stubs first. What a game, we dominated the game, City had a few good spells, and we had a few poor ones, but in all we controlled it and in many periods it was like watching a hockey game. In light of all our injuries this was fine result... I guess its back to spending another billion pounds for the mercenaries.. I just wonder which cousin they will ask to "sponsor" it, so as to avoid the FIFA questioning.
08/01/2012 15:32:00
Sorry UEFA of course, but hey both organisations stink anyways.
08/01/2012 15:33:00
You're so full of ***** Nerdy that it's laughable. Yes you should have had another pen, only one other mind you, but City should have had one for Jones handball. Was Kompany's challenge aggressive in any way shape or form? Did ge touch Nani? Did Nani who usually cheats given the opportunity appeal for anything? No he didn't because Vinnie cleanly won the ball, an absolute disgrace of a decision. Where was Carrick's, Gigg's and Rooney's yellow cards for fouling by going to ground from behind in first half, if Foy is going to rule by the letter of the law then why not in them 3 cases? ******** disgrace. You didn't outplay us over 90, have a look at the possession stats. City showed just how ***** U*d are in that second 45.
08/01/2012 15:39:00
utd needed the ref and a man advantage to scrape through face it u are nothing compared to city now that was your cup final
08/01/2012 15:46:00
Lads go whine on your own website.. buhuuu the ref cheated us.. get over it, you have spent so much money that its pathetic how little you to show for, and still you are not better than us.. Get over it..
08/01/2012 16:15:00
lol first i didnt know this was YOUR website Nerdkap 2nd you struggled to get through a tie against ten men 3rd 6-1 and above you in the league and fourth im a spurs fan so nuetral and i can still see they are better than you and that youre a complete tool
08/01/2012 17:07:00
bitter blue ****s. at the end of the day we won, theres been plenty of times that you have won and not deserved to but we did, we went to YOUR stadium and beat you, so just shut the ***** up and realise you cant even compare yourselves to us until you have won multiple trophies.
08/01/2012 17:45:00
@ Jlyyiiidivomit, 1st yes this is my website. 2nd "you struggled" - is that so, 3 goals up and cruising, then they get 2 fluky goals and we powerplay them. 3rd how does loosing 6-1 in the league make you progress in the FA cup, or whats your point? Last year we lost to Liverpool, but still finished 1st.. 4th - I understand your frustration having won so many trophies with Spuds.
08/01/2012 17:49:00
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