Man Utd knock rivals City out

2012-01-08 17:02

London - Manchester United withstood a furious fightback by 10-man Manchester City to beat their local rivals 3-2 in a dramatic FA Cup third-round match at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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United surged into a 3-0 half-time lead after the controversial early sending-off of City defender Vincent Kompany and looked poised to exact full revenge for their humiliating 6-1 home league drubbing by their neighbours this season.

But goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero gave City hope and United needed the calming presence of 37-year-old Paul Scholes, on as a second-half substitute after coming out of retirement, to knock out the FA Cup holders at the third-round stage for the first time since 2007.

City started the match brightly under slate grey skies, stretching the United defence with slick passing around the penalty area but it was the visitors who went ahead with a goal from their first attack after 10 minutes.

Wayne Rooney spread the ball wide to Antonio Valencia on the right and the England striker continued his run to head the Ecuador winger's cross into the net off the underside of the bar.

Two minutes later Kompany was harshly sent off for a clumsy challenge on Nani, the Belgian going in with two feet to stop the Portuguese winger but appearing to win the ball cleanly.

City moved Micah Richards into central defence and their 10 men continued to provide a significant attacking threat with David Silva's clever prompting and Aguero working tirelessly on his own up front.

The sight of United's young defender Phil Jones shouting at his team-mate Rio Ferdinand for giving the ball away carelessly would have cheered the home supporters but they suffered another body blow on the half hour.

Nani cut in from the left and although his ambitious shot ballooned up off a defender, the ball fell kindly for Danny Welbeck who swivelled cleverly to hook it into the far corner of the net.

The United fans celebrated wildly and cries of "Championes" rang out across the stadium as City tried to get back into the match but their plight worsened before half-time.

Welbeck was tackled late by Kolarov and referee Chris Foy pointed to the penalty spot.

City's reserve goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon brilliantly palmed away Rooney's penalty but the striker followed up to head in the rebound.

City pulled a goal back immediately after half-time when Kolarov's powerful free kick pierced a flimsy wall and beat goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.

United kept possession for long periods without threatening a fourth goal and soon after Scholes came on the hosts struck again, Aguero pouncing from close range after Lindegaard had failed to deal properly with his first shot.

City poured forward in search of the equaliser but their tired legs could not find the necessary inspiration and United hung on, reviving their season after two successive defeats had left them three points behind their opponents at the top of the Premier League.


  • rossallenronnie - 2012-01-08 17:16


      Mdu 'Sizwe' Khumalo - 2012-01-08 17:52

      what a referee

      Jaco Van Der Walt - 2012-01-08 19:08

      Yeah can you believe that ref? Not giving a stonewall penalty on Velancia. Should have been 4-2!!!

      Sam - 2012-01-08 19:19

      Or a definate penalty for a handball in the area... Should have been 3-3! Utd with 10 men for 45 minutes vs City: 1-6 for City City with 10 men for 80 minutes vs Utd: 3-2 for Utd... And then Utd still claims they are the better team! A bit of luck on that final freekick and a 10-man City would have drawn you 3-3 from a 3-0 half-time score.

      Jaco Van Der Walt - 2012-01-08 19:22

      You should learn the ball to hand vs hand to ball rule Sam. Even if, still 4-3 win at the Etihad.

      Sam - 2012-01-08 19:27

      Jaco, his hand was stretched out forward, blocking the ball. The rule also state you will keep your hand as close to your body as possible. His intention was to get as much of his body to block the ball, and the fact that he kept on claiming the ball hit his chest after replays showed the handball clearly shows he knew he was in the wrong.

      Jaco Van Der Walt - 2012-01-08 19:55

      Debatable point Sam. Please let me know your thoughts on the Velancia penalty?

      Sam - 2012-01-08 20:39

      That was a sure-set penalty as well. Kolarov had no chance to get to the ball, so he took out the player...

      Jaco Van Der Walt - 2012-01-08 22:06

      Yip. All in all a good game. Years gone past the derby didn't have the bite and excitement it has now. Easily the biggest derby in the English game...

      Yudhveer Maharaj - 2012-01-08 23:14

      No matter which way you look at the penalties united come out with the win. 3-2, 4-3 or 4-2

      Andre - 2012-01-09 07:12

      @ sam bottomline is City is OUT of the FA Cup. Glory Glory Man Utd. And win a Premier league title maybe then you can come and talk, until then Man Utd are the Champs. In fact we have won 19 titles so shut up

      David - 2012-01-09 08:45


      Topsy - 2012-01-09 11:39

      then howcum yorl lost 2 league games in a row this week?

  • Paul - 2012-01-08 17:51

    The noisy neighbours are quiet tonight. Long may it continue.

      Sam - 2012-01-08 19:20

      Actually, Utd got a lesson on how to loose with grace when you only have 10 men against 11!

      Jaco Van Der Walt - 2012-01-08 19:58

      Losing is still losing Sam. Yeah City had an excellent 2nd half. But they were piss poor in the first. All in all Utd deserved it.

  • Smith251 - 2012-01-08 18:21

    How much was the ref paid for the red card! Even against 10 men the overated Man U only just won!!

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-08 18:43

    Glory, glory! @Smith251 There doesn't have to be contact for a red card to be given. The fact is that both boots were up & if Nani hadn't got out of the way he would probably have a broken leg.

      Smith251 - 2012-01-08 19:00

      I am still not sure why all you Man U supporters sre so excited by the result. If Man C had 11 players it probably have been 6-1 again!

      Sam - 2012-01-08 19:23

      I would like to see you try a sliding tackle while keeping one foot on the ground. You'll break your own leg. That was a perfectly timed, perfectly executed tackle. Part B of the rule specify CONTACT. There was NO contact at all...

      Paul - 2012-01-08 20:14

      The only reason there was no contact is because Luis Nani is so nimble. The intent was clear.

      Yudhveer Maharaj - 2012-01-08 23:04

      @sam. You aren't the sharpest tool in the shed, are you?

      Gerald - 2012-01-09 09:48

      @ Sam Evidently you do not know the Laws of Football First of all there are no rules in football only laws. Secondly Law 12 states that a diect free kick is awarded if the offence is committed ia a careless, reckless or using excessive force , tackles an opponent It does not state that contact has to be made nor that it is not an offence if he wins the ball

  • Sam - 2012-01-08 19:34

    The headline SHOULD read: United struggle to survive against 10-man City!

      Yudhveer Maharaj - 2012-01-08 23:02

      I guess it's hard to deal with the fact that results matter.

      Mahlatse - 2012-01-09 12:20

      Let it go dude...City is out and that's that. Crying ain't going to bring them back.

  • Sagren - 2012-01-08 20:41

    The Universe is back in balance ....

      Paul - 2012-01-08 20:45

      Bottom line: City are out of the FA Cup. Better luck next year.

  • Chad - 2012-01-08 21:56

    Hey "New Kids on the block"...shut up and take a beating! 10, 11 or lost the f@#ing game...put on your big girl panties and deal with it! United, as great as they have been over the last 20 years have never come up with "This season we want all 4 trophies".....for a club like City, who have won a solitry piece of silverware in 36 years, to come out with that on their loud mouths, was nothing short of arrogance! Well boys...2 left to go and get now,.....we'll just watch and was a peanut, it was a sending off offence, there was no handball by Jones, and there was a second penalty on Valencia too...for the record!

  • justice.bhulose - 2012-01-09 13:54


  • Tyrone - 2012-01-09 14:33

    Why dont i hear any unt fans wen they lose 6-1, or when they lose two games in a row. They win 1 game and all of a sudden all their fans are back?? Cant seem to talk when you lose but only when you win!! Thats a typical united fan!!

      Sam - 2012-01-10 12:04

      Good point, Tyrone. I've been a City fan all the way down into the old 2nd division, and back up. I want to know how many of these Utd "fans" would stick with their team, should they drop to the lower divisions!

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