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  • January 8, 2012
  • • 8:00 AM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: C. Foy
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FA Cup Preview: Manchester City - Manchester United

FA Cup Preview: Manchester City - Manchester United

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Mancini's men are the current holders of this trophy, having beaten the Red Devils in last season's semifinal before overcoming Stoke at Wembley to end a 35-year wait.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Nasri, De Jong, Milner, Silva
Aguero, Dzeko
MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Valencia, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra
Park, Carrick, Anderson, Nani
Rooney
Welbeck

In a game that is the stand out match of the round, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini misses the services of Kolo and Yaya Toure due to their involvement in the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. Gareth Barry is suspended, while Owen Hargreaves is also battling injury.

Mario Balotelli (ankle) is also expected to be sidelined for this fixture, while Edin Dzeko (knee) and Samir Nasri (illness) are doubts.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been enduring some rough weather in recent times in terms of team selection as well as results. Chris Smalling (tonsilitis) and Jonny Evans (calf) are sidelined along with long term absentees Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher, Fabio and Michael Owen. Ashley Young is also unavailable through injury.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Manchester City is the current FA Cup holder, having won the competition last season.
  • That 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Wembley proved to be the club's first piece of silverware in over three decades.
  • Roberto Mancini (pictured right) has a record of winning a domestic Cup with every club he has managed so far.
  • City beat the Red Devils 1-0 in the semifinals of this competition last season, before going on to lift the trophy.
  • Manchester United has met its neighbor seven times previously in the FA Cup, and all games have been decided at the first time of asking. United has won four ties and City three.
  • The Red Devils have 11 FA Cup triumphs to their name, with the last one coming in the 2003-04 season.
  • United had won its last five away games in this competition, while Mancini's men have not conceded a single goal in their last five FA Cup matches.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's charges are coming into this clash on the back of two consecutive Premier League defeats, against Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.
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30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
8Samir NasriMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
20Owen HargreavesMidfielder
44Denis SuárezMidfielder
62Abdul RazakMidfielder
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
12Chris SmallingDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
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6Jonny EvansDefender
2RafaelDefender
8AndersonMidfielder
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
18Paul ScholesMidfielder
14Javier HernándezStriker
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Squad Number: 16
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