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Yaya Toure ends Red Devils’ aspirations of a treble, as Scholsey sees red…

Match Report – Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

Competition: FA Cup, Semi-Final 
Kick-Off & Date: 5:15pm, Saturday, 16th April 2011
Venue: Wembley, London (Neutral)
Attendance: 86,549

Manchester United put a powerful first half display on show against Manchester City in The FA Cup Semi-Finals at Wembley, but a wasteful performance led to The Blues getting back into the game. Yaya Toure snatched City’s winner following some calamitous defending, and if Wayne Rooney’s suspension wasn’t enough of a handicap from The FA – referee Mike Dean killed-off The Red Devils by showing Paul Scholes a red card late on in the second half…

Sir Alex Ferguson rested Ryan Giggs, leaving him out of the squad as Dimitar Berbatov started alone in attack. Antonio Valencia, Ji-Sung Park and Luis Nani supported the Bulgarian striker, while Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick dropped further back in midfield. Nemanja Vidic captained the side, alongside John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra. Edwin Van Der Sar was, as usual, between the sticks.

Among the 86,000+ strong Wembley contingent, United supporters were making themselves heard the loudest within the sparring rounds, as Sir Alex’s side were dominant in possesion. It was, of course, the day City would put and end to The Red’s FA Cup title challenge and go on to tear the ’35 Years’ banner down. But with kick-off, Roberto Mancini’s men looked anything but in command. Berbatov, though, was wasteful. 

The 30-year-old Bulgarian forced a fantastic save from Joe Hart having been put one-on-one with the goalkeeper by Ji-Sung Park. That effort was close, but his second chance less than 30 seconds later was unforgivable. Luis Nani struck an inch-perfect grounded cross to Berba, only for him to mis-connect and fire the glorious opportunity over the bar – not the clinical striker we have come to watch over the past season. 
Dimitar Berbatov flushes United’s best chances down the drain

At the other end, City fans were celebrating momentarily when they thought Gareth Barry’s shot had hit the back of the net. It hit the side netting and the travelling Blues were left feeling slightly embarrassed. The official home side, City in this case, hadn’t visited ‘home’ (or the new Wembley) ever before. In that time, United have played nine times on the relatively new London soil. But that didn’t stop Mancini’s side from waking-up and ‘having a go’.  

Before Mike Dean’s half-time whistle, Mario Balotelli had Edwin Van Der Sar in action with a blistering strike from 40 yards before Joleon Lescott fired over the top with his volley from a City corner. The sides went under the stands level at the interval. With the second half underway, it started the opposite way as the first half had – this time Man City took the initiative and attacked the United goal.

The Blues may have held-out United’s first half bombardment, but within 7 minutes of the second period, City put The Reds to the sword. Van Der Sar survived a deplorable clearance, as Michael Carrick regained the ball – but what the midfielder did was even worse. He gifted the ball to Yaya Toure, breathing down on the United box, who smashed it past Van Der Sar and into the net. A serious of unfortunate events, or just plain error ?…
Manchester City punish Michael Carrick’s error, with Yaya Toure scoring in the 52nd minute

… the latter. But as City did the ‘Poznan Celebration’, United had a brief moment to reflect and attempt to rectify their terrible lapse of defensive concentration. Their plan clearly wasn’t effective, as Mancini’s mercenaries turned into players and protected their precious lead. But it wasn’t through defending that they achieved the upper hand – instead wave of attack after attack put United firmly on the back foot.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Oliveira Anderson replaced Antonio Valencia and Dimitar Berbatov respectively, but neither could grab the headlines as ‘super sub’. They tried, indeed, but just couldn’t hit the back of the net… And when Nani’s free-kick was tipped onto the bar by Hart – the gods weren’t helping Manchester United’s fight.
City were being far the more vicious team, with ref. Mike Dean booking Pablo Zabaleta, Mario Balotelli, Nigel De Jong and Vincent Kompany. However, it was Paul Scholes who was given the severest of punishments. The veteran midfielder and  Zabaleta went in for the ball – both studs raised – but it was City’s defender who came off the worst. Mike Dean reached into his back pocket. No complaints, but it was hardly consistent refereeing. 
Nevertheless, United have been known the defeat the impossible. But this uphill struggle proved too steep even for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Army. Neither Dimitar Berbatov or Michael Carrick can be held accountable for the heart-aching loss, as Red Devils finally get to feel what it’s like being a City supporter. But we have bigger fish to fry and despite losing our bragging rights – we have the Premier League and Champions League to tend to…

Afterall, we are United.
Paul Scholes given a red card by Mike Dean in the 72nd minute. Game over…

United Team: Edwin Van Der Sar, John O’Shea (Fabio Da Silva ’84), Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Park Ji-Sung, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia (Javier Hernandez ’65), Luis Nani, Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov (Oliveira Anderson ’74).

Sent-Off: Scholes ’72

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Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:23:38 pm

Berbatov.. Not gona blame him for the loss, but those two chances he missed may have just cost him his job at utd.



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:24:52 pm

Hernandez should of started he was hot from scoring the goal against chelese Dimitar was completely cold from not playing as much and it showed when he missed the two goals . the game would have been complete diffrent if Dimitar puts one of those In the back of the net



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:28:19 pm

i said dat before he is not gud but many fans went nutts over ma comment….. i said dat b4 say it nw he is not gud loose da ball often…… cant play under pressure 2 gr8 opportunities missed….. go nutts over ma comment but u knw dat this loss is over him n carrick which i both said should be get rid off….. well carrick got better but berba u all saw him poeple say he is top scorer well get 1 game out in which he got 5 lest wid 16 hernandez got 11 in fever start then him……… it should be bye bye berba in summer………….



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:28:23 pm

we should have started the game with 4-4-2 and not 4-5-1 we play a lot better in 4-4-2



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:29:51 pm

Can’t believe it,should have battered them…



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:31:25 pm

To be honest, city looked liked they wanted it more than us. We were awful in the second half and scholes should now retire. A true legend but he’s damaging his legacy. We were never going to do the treble with this side, I just hope we can pick ourselves up, we could end up with nothing! Where was giggs? Injured I hope or it’s a scandal he wasn’t on the bench. Fuck city, they will lose the final anyway, it’s all they know. Anyone would have beaten our shower today. Oh well, time to face the blue shit in the pub, Saturday fight night.



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:35:35 pm

Dimitars style of football does not fit the 4-5-1 he needs a strike partner he is great at holding up the ball and making sort passes



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:35:56 pm

We really need a powerhouse in midfield,need another keane,robson etc.We also need another prolific striker to help out,Hernandez has covered a lot of cracks this year with his performances,spend some money.We need to strike fear in to opponents again,nobody fear the great MAN UTD anymore….



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:39:11 pm

@migsy city will be luck if they get 1 trophy in 35 years compared to United they haven’t won the final yet



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:39:39 pm

Atleast 1 person agree with me dat we need a new striker…… as i said earlier HULK will be gr8 buy….. speed, power, gr8 shoot, freekick taker, scores regularly n heavy build…… just watch him play espacially watch his goal in 2nd leg europa quater final



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:44:57 pm

Bet the FA is having an orgasm at the moment,especially Bernstein….TOSSER



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:49:21 pm

it seems to me scholes just doesnt have that energy, determination and desire to paly anymore. do u guys see that???? whats ur opinion guys?



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:50:11 pm

Berbatov continue to dissapointing be in big game (except the hattrick against liverpool). Wrong tactic with only 1 striker and not giving Owen a chance toward the end.
Unless City lost in the Final, i won’t be able to get this defeat out of my head for a long time.



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 7:55:54 pm

can somebody explain to me why Shcoles got a red card on tv it looked like a 50-50 ball and both players went with there foots high. Still cannot come to grips why he was sen off why we lost and farhan is right scholes looked like he didn’t want to play.



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:01:22 pm

i partially agree with malik….. ya berba is not goin gud we need new striker…. but whole game was not his fault carrick played his part aswell…… we definately need 2 spend big we need power house players in midfield like sniejder, goetze or pastore……. n new striker n i agree hulk will be goodd buy n boy what a great goal it was in 2nd leg europa quater final by him



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:03:08 pm

Know I’m even more pissed we lost espn in fuken America showed highlights of United loss when does espn here in america all of a sudden have an intrest in real football and show highlights?



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:05:53 pm

i forget to mention 1 thing good freekick by nani he should practise them n go for direct goal………….


Marty MUFC

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:09:53 pm

What can say, poor performance, no one in a red shirt had a good game. We miss a midfield players thats willing to a hard tackle in, battle and put their weight about. The only positive to take from today is the lads now know how it feels to lose a semi-final this season so they won’t wanna feel that pain in the champions league. Where still in in the fight for competitions that at the start of the season would have been our priority so chin up and let’s do the domestic and European double !!!



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:22:10 pm

Poor performance,it’s fair 2 say we jus shot our selves in th back,hopefully we can pick our selves up 4 tues v newcastle



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:27:32 pm

Feel sick to my fuckin stomach! Still can’t believe it! Like I’ve said all season berbatov and Carrick and a lot ov others aren’t united material! It was fuckin pathetic today! Were was the passion the belief the desire. I’ll tell you were sat in the crowd and his name is Rooney, what a sorry lost state we looked without him today! Come what may in winnin trophies this year, we need a big big clear out and some fresh real talent playin next season, because let’s be honest we’ve ridden our luck on so many occasions this season, and I’m hopin it gets us over the finishing line at least for the league, really hope them blue twats don’t win it



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:29:38 pm

Dose any1 no y rio got so pissed at full time?



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:30:14 pm

Anyone know what happened between mario n rio at the end?



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:36:50 pm

apparently balotelli said something and upset Rio, and you already know Rio always in a bad mood when we lost.



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:44:10 pm

Mario was trying to touch Rio’s stuff


Sean 123 Mufc

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:56:20 pm

of all night to lose on Saturday night same if it was Sunday you could go to Bed for the day, we need Sneijder , we should played four four two .


Sean 123 Mufc

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 8:59:51 pm



Andy mara

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 9:02:32 pm

Simple. Fergie should have started with Hernadez . 4-4-2.


Sat, 16 Apr 2011 9:20:11 pm

carrick shite.. get rid!! united gave city too much room and we paid the price.. nani not at all playing to full potential.. fergason needs a boot up his arse and sign new players for the start of the new season. rooney was missed and scholes is past his sell by date! where was giggs? why did we give the blue scum so much respect on the ball? fergie has a lot to answer to when he should have kept a winning side from the previous win against chelsea.



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 9:40:09 pm

Balotelli the wanka celebrated in front of us the prick thats y rio flipped



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 9:45:15 pm

Carrick played a bad pass in our own half that’s what screwed us carrick paniced he lost the game for us



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 9:59:10 pm

look I have to admit we lost being in the fa final but at the end of the day we have champion league left and league trophy to win and a bunch of trophies in our cabinet. What do city have? That’s right nothing only a fa final that they still could lose and still have nothing.


Big I

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 10:02:19 pm

Michael Carsick give him away, ginger ninja we have loved you for years but it’s time for your testimonial a poor poor showing for all and shows all our problems :-(((( onto the double now boys



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 10:51:54 pm

I agree with Carl we really need clear out, it’s long overdue. Why he didn’t Owen on instead of Anderson I’ll never know. As for signings sneider is a must as is another winger. Our midfield is really struggling. And give micheal Owen a chance to show what he can do.



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:06:52 pm

Cheers Jamie, I agree with u aswel, why did he take off oshea and put fabio on!!!! Why not Owen! A defender for another! I just don’t understand it when were 1 down.



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:53:40 pm

im not fergie but i think carrick flecture gibsonn n bebe should be cleared out….

give scholes a testimonial

sniejder as we all knw pastore or goetze i prefer pastore n hulk should come in

wellback n cleverley the future of united should b given chances in midfield after their good show at their loane clubs n 4 country….

oberton well i would like 2 give him few chances boy haven,t got much chances 2 show the potential he got……

n please please give new contract 2 hargreaves we waited 2 much 2say goodbye like dis……..



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:55:08 pm

i meant should b given chance in 1st team



Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:56:55 pm

plaese watch this link hulk classy goal in europa



Sean 123 Mufc

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:14:58 am

well Diego FORLAN LINED WITH RETURN TO Man united in THIS MORING papers . but i rather Hulk he is younger and looks good



Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:23:49 am

good 2 knw sean that u agree wid me im shouting ma lungs out for hulk sighning n berba sale from months nw but every1 just say he is top scorer but no one see he is not a big match player except 1 gud performance wid livepool he dnt have anythin in his cv…….

those who agree please watch dis video u knw what kinda player hulk is…..



Sean 123 Mufc

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:26:07 am

I HOPE THIS Hulk wont turn out like another Ozil summer .i could not go trough all that again



Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:32:48 am

sean bro it wasn,t that ozil refused 2 sign it was lyk fergie didnt paid 13m for him he just offered 10m prob is dat glaziers dnt give money out 2 spend we need big spending like we did few years back when we got nani, andreson n hargreaves n we won champions league….. we need big spendings…………


Sean 123 Mufc

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:38:47 am

Totaly agree mate we need signings but i am still upset we did not sign Ozil .we would be 15 points ahead right now in the League and we be in the Fa cup final . all Man united fans wanted Ozil fergie should of begged the Glazers to get him last summer



Sun, 17 Apr 2011 2:57:21 am

ya but for glaziers 3m is imp than class known as ozil i hope fergie dis time dnt become victim of events n force glaziers 2 put hands into their pockets i dont want dat we miss out on pastore goetze n sniejder…. we need atleast 2 of them n i new striker who got pace dribble body strength n power shoot lyk hulk i dnt knw hw many times i have 2 call up his name…….


Man u 4 life

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 9:14:45 am

Ri get rid of carrick !!!! He is the worst player in man u history !!!! We need 2 sell berba carrick gibson and hopeful get 20 mill 4 all them !! Then we use tha 20 mill 2 buy David de gea caz vds is leavin 🙁 then fergie should tell them glazers 2 giv um money r he will leave !! So he gets the money and buy sindier pastore and then hulk !!!!! We would win everthin !!!!


Red boy

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 9:17:20 am

We was much the better team,they only looked near to our level for when scholes got sent of.carrick has been amazing recently,but did that pass,beva is prem top scorer but missed sitters.we was just very unlucky today that’s all.hope shitty loose in final!!



Sun, 17 Apr 2011 10:22:26 am

Berbatov is bad in big games? Name ONE person who thinks Man Utd vs Liv’Pool isn’t a big game? Think!! Berbatov did what Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denis Law, Ole Solksjaer, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney didn’t manage: a hat trick against Liverpool.

And who questions Scholes’ commitment? There is no other player in the world who can play the long diagonal as accurately as Scholes. He provided the only penetration for us by creating space behind the fullbacks for the wingers to attack.

And For gods sake, don’t teach Sir Alex Ferguson how to manage the team. A quarter of a century at the highest level beats sittig on a couch and staring at a television, any day of the week.

And who thinks people aren’t scared of United? Old Trafford is the hardest place in the world to go to and play. Foreign teams lose their calm when they defend the Stretford End. Man United remain one of the most feared teams in the world, make no mistake about that.



Mon, 18 Apr 2011 1:14:46 am

WTH do we have shit players like Valencia? And while Park Ji is a ball of energy his dribbling and passing skill is dog shit.

I’m sick of our pathetic spending power, we need to dominate the transfer market so those fucking bald headed retarded Yanks should fuck off back to owning ‘soccer’ clubs! Cunts are milking United dry! And that’s affecting our title chances!



Mon, 18 Apr 2011 4:15:43 am

this defeat was a one-off…man, i wish Scholes finishes off zabaleta, break his leg or something, you are a legend Paul!


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