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  • 16 April 2011
  • • 17:15
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 86549
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Manchester City - Manchester United Preview: Roberto Mancini's side out to reach first FA Cup final since 1981 against 11-time winners

Manchester City - Manchester United Preview: Roberto Mancini's side out to reach first FA Cup final since 1981 against 11-time winners

Sir Alex Ferguson's men are in good form having won their last seven games in all competitions while a silverware drought could be ended if their local rivals progress


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Manchester City: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Yaya Toure, Barry, De Jong; Silva, Balotelli, Milner.

Manchester United: Van der Sar; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani; Berbatov, Hernandez.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester United have won their last seven games in a row in all competitions.
  • Saturday's match is expected to be the highest ever attendance for a Manchester derby, with a 90,000 sell-out crowd beating the previous best of 78,000 recorded in 1947 at Maine Road.
  • Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby played on the losing side of both an FA Cup semi-final and FA Cup final before winning the Cup for Manchester City in 1934.
  • City have won the FA Cup four times, in 1904, 1934, 1956 and 1969, and last appeared in the final in 1981.
  • Roberto Mancini's side have not won a major domestic trophy in 35 years, with their last silverware being the 1976 League Cup.
  • In contrast, Manchester United have won the FA Cup 11 times, five of those successes coming under Sir Alex Ferguson's watch.
  • Ryan Giggs is the most decorated player in English football's history, having won the Premier League 11 times, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup three times and the Champions League twice.
  • Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has failed to score in nine Premier League appearances since his January move from Wolfsburg but has scored twice in the FA Cup, both against Notts County.
  • The two sides have met 157 times in all competitions, with the red half of Manchester picking up 65 wins to the blue's 42, and City have won only two of their six encounters in the FA Cup.
  • The last time the teams met in this competition was in February 2004, when Gary Neville was sent off in a Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy inspired 4-2 rout at Old Trafford.
LAST MEETING

February 12, 2011: Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City

Wayne Rooney scores an absolutely stunning overhead-kick to take all three points in the Premier League encounter at Old Trafford. United had initially taken the lead in the first half through Nani, after a fantastic through ball from Ryan Giggs. They were pegged back in the second half after Edin Dzeko's shot rebounded off the back of David Silva and into the corner of Edwin Van der Sar's net. That was before Rooney's outstanding volley handed the win to the red half of Manchester,

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
21David SilvaStriker
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
38D. BoyataDefender
-Patrick VieiraMidfielder
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
7Striker
1Edwin van der Sar Goalkeeper
16John O'SheaDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
18Paul ScholesMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
29Tomasz KuszczakGoalkeeper
12Chris SmallingDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
8AndersonMidfielder
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
10Michael OwenStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
Players to Watch
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
With captain and talisman Carlos Tevez missing for City, the Spaniard will have to bear the side's creative burden on his shoulders. Not that the World Cup winner will shy away from that task.
Nani
Nani
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The United winger has been in exceptional form this season and is dangerous on either foot, leading to a total of nine goals and 18 assists in the league alone. With the likelihood that he will switch wings throughout the match, containing him will not be an easy task.
Prediction
This match will certainly be a close-run affair, with City likely to maintain the defensive style that has brought them to fourth position in the league. United will have noted the positives from their rivals' 3-0 defeat to Liverpool earlier in the week, and will look to keep a high tempo and shut down their opponents before they have a chance to attack. Extra-time is a possibility, but I think United will just edge it.
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