Saturday 19th April 2014 – Manchester United v Manchester City (Premier League)
City’s first game since winning the league title takes them to Old Trafford, home of their fierce rivals Manchester United. City fans will be sure to make a lot of noise and the players will be hoping to use that to grab another win but will also have one eye on Tuesday nights Champions League Semi Final against Arsenal.
MCFC Starting XI – Hart, Richards, Varane, Nastasic, Shaw; Nasri, De Rossi, Moutinho, Bale; Silva; de Jong SUBS – Friedel, Zabaleta, Kompany, Toure, Nem, Aguero, Cavani
MUFC Starting XI – De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Evans, Baines; Fletcher, Fellaini; Nani, Rooney, Kagawa; van Persie SUBS – Lindegaard, Hernandez, Carrick, Fabio, Welbeck, Yarmolenko, Smalling
Not many would have thought United could have shut up the City fans today but they actually did! In City’s worst performance in Kinkladze reign and what will go down as his worst defeat, United put five past City and completely embarrassed the Champions.
Final Score – Manchester United 5 (Kagawa 6, van Persie 23,34,36 Carrick 80) Manchester City 1 (Cavani 60)
MOTM – Robin van Persie
Attendance – 62,885
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – Arsenal v Manchester City (Champions League Semi Final 1st Leg)
MCFC Starting XI – Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Milner, Barry, Toure, Nem; Aguero; Cavani SUBS – Friedel, Richards, Nastasic, Varane, Bale, Nasri, de Jong
Arsenal Starting XI – Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Armero; Ramsey, Coquelin; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Holtby, Wilshere; Llorente SUBS – Fabianski, Walcott, Giroud, Djourou, Mertesacker, Roberts, Afobe
City took an early lead through Edinson Cavani but were then forced to play 50 minutes with only 10 men after captain Vincent Kompany was sent off for a professional foul. City have already announced they will appeal the decision but I’m sure there manager will be happier that the team have won 1-0 away in the 1st leg. In the other Semi Final, Manchester United lead Barcelona 3-2 with the 2nd leg to be played at the Camp Nou.
Final Score – Arsenal 0 Manchester City 1 (Cavani 8)
MOTM – Gareth Barry
Attendance – 60,361