Saturday, April 16, 2011

United's defence could be key to victory in FA Cup semi final...

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United know all about Wembley, we've been there enough times over the last 20 years, but for today's FA Cup semi final opponents, it is an entirely different story. While many City players will have played at Wembley for their respective countries, the team is not so familiar the surroundings and so this is a truly MASSIVE game.

Everyone connected with Manchester City knows that if they win today, they will be huge favourites to win their first serious piece of silverware since 1976.

City are due a win against United and that is what will be concerning the fans. So who will win? City lost their talisman Carlos Tevez in the same week that James Milner was upset about being hauled off at Anfield - so it doesn't look great where player moral is concerned.

Media pundits and Rio Ferdinand are right to state that the spirit of unity in the United camp is much better than it is at Eastlands, and that is because of one man, Sir Alex Ferguson.

The United manager has been calling the right shots over the last few weeks, not always from the start at places such as Blackpool and West Ham, but he's always managed to pull it round with some inspired substitutions.

Today, the United manager will have to somehow make up for the loss of suspended Wayne Rooney who has been in very good form of late. The battle for control of midfield will be key, as it always is, but if United have an advantage over City it could be in defence where by and large they've been excellent.

Paul Scholes could come back and start, but will his legs hold out? It is likely to be a very bumpy ride for all concerned. Personally, I just hope I can stand the tension. Derby's are the most nerve racking of games.

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