FA Cup preview: Manchester City - Manchester United
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
By Joe Doyle
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|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 has won its 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.
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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Top 3 Predictions
Manchester City 0-2 Manchester United
- 28.76 %
Manchester City 1-3 Manchester United
- 14.08 %
Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United
- 13.47 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 22, 2013||Manchester City 4 - Manchester United 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 8, 2013||Manchester United 1 - Manchester City 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 9, 2012||Manchester City 2 - Manchester United 3|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 30, 2012||Manchester City 1 - Manchester United 0|
|FA Cup (FA)||Jan 8, 2012||Manchester City 2 - Manchester United 3|
|Dec 17, 2013||Leicester 1 - Manchester City 3||CCUP|
|Dec 14, 2013||Manchester City 6 - Arsenal 3||EPL|
|Dec 10, 2013||Bayern 2 - Manchester City 3||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Southampton 1 - Manchester City 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||West Bromwich 2 - Manchester City 3||EPL|
|34||Nigel De Jong||Midfielder|
|1||Edwin van der Sar||Goalkeeper|
|22||Fabio Da Silva||Defender|
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