Not many of people gave United a chance at Spurs (apart from me – fortunately I stated this during last week’s TOTS podcast so there is recorded proof) and not many people give us a chance at City on Wednesday.
The win at spurs was a welcome breath of fresh air. As we expected nothing no one can have been “relieved” to get the win as many stated they were the previous week against Leicester. Although the first half was poor, United look dangerous and confident in the second half and I hope Alan Pardew carries that attacking threat into the Man City game.
It’s no surprise that all 4 of United’s wins this season have come in the absence of Mike Williamson from the team. Steven Taylor and Colo need to start this game and I probably would keep Janmaat in as well. Fuck it we should not be making any changes and go as strong as possible in this game.
Man City’s home form hasn’t been as strong as it normally has. A late draw with Chelsea, a draw with AS Romas and a defeat to Stoke means they’ve only won 3 out of 6 home games this season and haven’t looked that convincing. One of those wins was a 7 0 win against Sheffield Wednesday in the previous round which is potentially ominous as they played a very strong team in the game (but then again they can’t put out anything other than a strong team).
They currently sit third in the league two points behind Southampton and 6 points behind leaders Chelsea. They’re stuttering in the Champions League and face two huge games against local rivals Man Utd and then a must win against CSKA at home in the Champions League.
United could conceivably get something from the game as City’s defence has been under pressure all season. The positive people reading this could point to only 3 defeats in 11 games in all competitions this season and we’ve only lost once in the last 6 games, at Stoke.
I’m not kidding myself though and we are still a bit shit really. Man City, weirdly, have brought the best out of us in recent times despite us losing all the games 2 0 . Our defeat AET last season at St James’ was underserved and we should have gone through against the eventual cup winners. We were basically robbed by the ref in the league back in January when Tiote’s goal was bafflingly disallowed and we should have got something against them in the 0 2 defeat at SJP on the opening day.
Maybe our luck is due to change?
Hopefully we’ll see an under motivated City team coming up against a full strength United wanting to keep their decent (ish) run going into the winnable game against Liverpool this weekend. I still think Pardew will make changes with S. Ameobi, Haidara and Cabella most likely getting games.
If he drops Goufrann I’ll be stunned but then he may bench him to guarantee he gets a game on Saturday. After all I presume Pardew is on some kind of bonus for picking him in league games.
We have no strikers.
Krul, Janmaat, Taylor, Colo, Haidara, Cabella, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Sammy, Perez
We’ll play really well and it’ll go to extra time.