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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 8 2012

Time: 3:02PM

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how much do these refs cost/ just asking the obvious
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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
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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.
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08/01/2012 15:32:00

Sorry UEFA of course, but hey both organisations stink anyways.
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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.
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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
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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..
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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
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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.
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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.
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08/01/2012 17:49:00

Bluedumb you are always right.. one question though, if we won being *****, what does that make you guys?
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08/01/2012 17:51:00

Well done, you guys won an FA Cup rd game, with City having 10 men for 80 minutes..... last time a team had 10 men in a derby, 5 more goals went in, today, Man U defended deep, With 11men behind the ball, yes you had most possesion but where you actually going on the attack? dont think so, so enjoy the trip to Merseyside, as they will be out for revenge after 'Last year's 3rd round win..... what goes around comes around, so enjoy today it may be the only gloating you do....
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08/01/2012 20:10:00

Nerdy, if you could take my words as I put them rather than twisting them you will see I said we showed how ***** you are in the second half, U*d never looked a threat in the second half( penalty claim aside), all the goalscoring threat came from the boys in blue whilst down to ten men. As CM51 has said we put five past you when you went down to ten, today you hung on for dear life to protect a 3 goal lead that was given to you by the incompetence of the ref. U*d4life, I can and will compare us to whoever I choose, what matters is the here and now, not what happens in the past, as your fans were only too keen to remind the scousers of over the last two decades, so with my comparison I will say we are the better team. The Sick Swan Massacre proved that and the second half today emphasised it.
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08/01/2012 20:46:00

Actually Cm51, the posessions stats show 50-50, and we both had the same number of shots on target. Let the poathetic golory-hunters have their day in the sun - they'll still win nothing with their ageing squad (Sholes? REALLY? PMSL). Then next season, they can wear their green and gold scarves over their official club merchandise once again whilst enviously glancing to the East (assuming there are a few in mancland to do so). I love the way their fans were silent for virtually the enitre second half - it was a collective sh!!ting of the pants against 10 men - classic!
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08/01/2012 21:07:00

come on guys UTD have been writen off so many times .In the Shadow of Arsenals InVincibles 2004 second to .Murnihos Chelsea 2005 2006 and now poor Realtions to the Mega rich City . Every time the bar is raised we respond and what a response today 3-0 at half time who could see that one coming not bad for a team of Old men and Kids . City fans are hurting because they like many pundits and some Utd suporters saw City as favourites they were well bell beaten today Utd were guity of taking their foot off the gas second half . Truth be told the holders are out good game though
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08/01/2012 23:39:00

0 chances in the second half - Zero, nil, nich. That's what yoonited had yesterday. Against 10 men. Well beaten? Only in some rag's fantasy land. Your plastic fans made a bit of noise in the first half, but it was like the sick swan at old toilet in the second - ie you couldn't hear a peep from a red. Your team and your fans were sh!!ting themselves for the entire second half despite the ref doing his job for you, so yet again an outpouring of delerious relief at a lucky win over City. You lot make me laugh - and I'm not laughing with you.
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09/01/2012 08:21:00

@nickster, well beaten? You beat us by a solitary goal having had a man advantage for 83 minutes. Have a day off mate.
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09/01/2012 09:00:00

I'm a bit surprised that Lindegrud hasn't received more of a vote in your MOTM poll - his save from Aguero in the first half and later on from Kolarov's free kick is what kept you in the game.
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09/01/2012 09:48:00

Hey guys, *****ty made it all the way to the third round of the FA cup, at least have a little pride.
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09/01/2012 09:54:00

Pride? We showed yesterday that we have it by the bucketful Nerdy.
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09/01/2012 10:03:00

Bluedumb then why all the whining.
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09/01/2012 10:10:00

Not whining Nerdy, just telling it like it is.
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09/01/2012 10:13:00

Slur alex commenting on the performance of his own team "I wasn’t impressed by us at all." LOL! Still, when the chips were down, the referee was there for you.
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09/01/2012 10:20:00

Ref wasnt there for either team......
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11/01/2012 12:47:00


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