Manchester City on course to end 35-year trophy drought

Yaya Toure celebrates winner goal

Manchester City are on course to end their “35 years” taunts from the Stretford End, as they made it to the FA Cup 2011 final after beating Manchester United at Wembley on a 1-0 score line, with a gift from Carrick to Toure, and that “35 years” banner at OT will surely now disappear from the stands as City look favorites to lift this Cup, while Manchester United’s treble dreams ended in an abrupt fashion, where they looked more like “Muppets” United on the field, and to add salt to injury, Scholes managed to get himself sent off in the last 15 minutes to definitely end the contest. How both he and the “fucking” Rooney must be cursing themselves for their stupidity to cost the team at such stage, also contributed by may be some bad decisions by SAF to start only with Berbatov upfront while Chicharito and Owen were available as well, and in the end there was no real football from United, which played more passes backwards compared to City’s attacking mentality, and kudos to them for adopting such attitude. United only left with the EPL and CL to fight for now, and neither have been acquired yet, as Arsenal may still overtake United at the end, and Schalke is one tough nut to crack.

Both United and City started with key players missing, but City looked more threatening early on as Balotelli and Yaya Toure looked to run riot in the United defense. But United slowly got back in the game, and Berbatov was presented with two golden opportunities to score, but the first time his shot was saved by Hart, and the second one flew harmlessly over the bar. Then City got hold of the last 15 minutes of the first half, as Barry first rippled the side netting, then Balotelli forced Van Der Sar into a flying save from 25yards out, Lescott lashed a shot over United’s bar, and Kompany saw his curled shot just flashing wide of the left post.

The second half started at the same pace the first one ended, and City looked threatening and were forcing United back. In the end, disaster struck for United, as a defensive mix-up saw Carrick pass the ball straight at Yaya Toure, and the latter was fully composed as he went past Vidic and slotted the ball home beneath the diving body of Van Der Sar. The Citizens were on cloud 9, and their fans could sense something magical was going to happen to them, as United looked completely disoriented, and barely threatened even after conceding the goal. Even the introduction of Chicharito did little to boost the Red Devils, and Scholes then went for a high footed challenge on Zabaleta, earning him a straight red, and leaving the latter’s leg badly cut where the studs struck. United failed to make any impact, while City fans were celebrating a famous win, which will now see them either face Stoke or Bolton in the final. The match ended in an ugly manner as apparently Balotelli went to celebrate in front of United fans after the whistle, and Rio and him then went into a scuffle and the staff of both teams had to intervene to separate them.

Blame the defeat on poor managerial decisions or the midweek CL match, but United failed to impress at such a grand stage, and the players were just like muppets, no coordination, no real sense of getting in the game to win it, it looked as if SAF thought this was a league match, and came to take a draw from City, so poor was United’s performance. Time to make way SAF for the “Special One” to take the reins??? Also may be time for players like Scholes, Carrick, O’Shea and some others to make way, sell them and get from fresh talents in the team. And yes, Scholesy, shut your big trap and play more football instead.

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