City stars eyeing revenge in FA Cup Manchester derby
Published 23:01 13/03/11 By David McDonnell
Manchester City want revenge on Wayne Rooney after the two Manchester clubs were drawn together in an explosive FA Cup semi-final.
City defender Micah Richards scored the winner that set up next month’s Wembley showdown with United.
And Richards says Roberto Mancini’s men are determined to avenge last month’s league derby defeat.
Rooney’s stunning bicycle kick gave United victory at Old Trafford and, when asked if City were out for revenge, Richards said: “Yeah, definitely, after Rooney’s overhead kick last time, but we’re looking forward to it. It should be a great game.”
City boss Roberto Mancini warned United the gap between the two sides had closed and told Sir Alex Ferguson and his players to prepare for a battle at Wembley.
“We are very close with all the top squads now,” said Mancini. “But we need to improve more. I think it will be a great semi-final and we have a good chance to win, just like United.
“We are pleased to get to the semi-finals but we have to win another two games before we can win the FA Cup.
“I am very happy for our fans, because they deserve to go to Wembley for this game. It will be a good semi-final. When you get near the end in these competitions, it’s normal that you meet a top squad.
“Before we play United we have some really important games. We play Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, then Chelsea, and Sunderland.
“Micah scored an important goal. But we had 17 attempts on goal so I think we deserved to beat Reading.”
Richards had a heated exchange with Mancini after City’s 2-0 defeat away to Dynamo Kiev last week but said the pair had since made up.
“We’re all happy,” said Richards. “We talked about the game and tempers were raised because we lost 2-0 and nobody was happy. But we put that right with this win.”
City defender Vincent Kompany said it was impossible to play down the significance of the clash between the two sides: “I’ll let you guess how much it means and how much the next opponents mean to us.
“We’re happy to play them. There is no easy way to get to the final. We’re looking forward to it and there will be no complaints from us [at meeting United in the semi-finals rather than final].”