Big guns together in semis

Man City will face Man United or Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals, with Wigan up against Millwall or Blackburn.

Last Updated: 10/03/13 at 19:32 Post Comment

Manchester City thumped Barnsley on Saturday

Manchester City thumped Barnsley on Saturday

Manchester City will play either city rivals Manchester United or fellow Barclays Premier League giants Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The draw, conducted at Wembley immediately after United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford, pitched the eventual winners of the replay against City, who beat Barnsley 5-0 on Saturday.

Millwall and Blackburn also drew earlier in the day and will replay on Wednesday, with the winner to face Wigan, who swept aside Everton 3-0 on Saturday.

The semi-finals will be played at the national stadium over the weekend of April 13 and 14.

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was given the first chance to respond to the eye-catching draw, but was unwilling to look any further ahead than his side's replay against United.

"We have to think about the first game and, afterwards, think about City," he told ITV1. "It will be tough, will be difficult, United are a great side."

Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney gave United a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes at Old Trafford, but well-taken second-half goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires earned Chelsea a replay.

City, in contrast, brushed off Barnsley as Carlos Tevez shrugged off his latest off-field controversy to score a hat-trick and set up his side's other two goals.

Wigan produced arguably the performance of quarter-final weekend to beat Everton 3with goals from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez in less than four minutes in the first half.

Millwall and Blackburn played out a goalless draw at the Den, Andy Keogh hitting the post and Danny Shittu stretching keeper Jake Kean with a 40-yard bolt from the blue as the hosts created the better chances.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan described a potential Wembley date with Blackburn as a "dream" - and revealed he may lead the team out himself.

As a player, Whelan played in the 1960 final for Rovers but saw his Wembley dream turn sour as a broken leg forced him off before half-time.

"The dream is there," he told Sky Sports News. "All Blackburn have got to do now is get through the replay and my dream is on, I can go to Wembley and (we can) play against Blackburn Rovers.

"When you've been to Wembley and got what I got, a broken leg and Rovers went on to lose 3-0, it's very upsetting. I feel I've got unfinished business at Wembley.

"Roberto's asked me to lead them out at Wembley and if we get Blackburn, I may just say yes."

McManaman is one of a host of fringe players to have excelled in the Latics' cup run and Whelan said: "Roberto's played his young boys - one of them, McManaman, scored a great goal yesterday - so it's done us good all round.

"The performance they put on at Everton was stunning, in the first half we played Everton off the park and should've been four up."

The run to the last four contrasts with Wigan's seemingly annual struggle for Premier League survival, which the pragmatic Whelan admits has to remain their priority.

"We have to stay in the top flight, that's number one," he said. "But the FA Cup is still a fantastic trophy and we've never been to a final.

"To win the cup and stay in the league, that's the dream isn't it? And to get to the Europa League, that's unthinkable for Wigan Athletic. It would be wonderful."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m not sure about this distance covered malarky, plus that stat comes with *since February attached to it, that's just 1 month. I mean I have 27 open cases I'm 'working on' at the moment but believe me others with 10 cases work harder than I do. I just got back from a pub lunch, scampi and chips (+4 pints) in case you were wondering.

hurler
Wenger defends Ozil

C

isse should have appealed and explained that it was just a retaliation, just like Matic did. Apparently the FA are ok with retaliation.

Triangler
Cisse accepts FA charge

L

ove this guy. He's one of the few surviving players that I remember so vividly from Football Italia and Gazetta on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

HarryBoulton
Francesco Totti - The King Of Rome

Footer 365

Ryan Giggs enjoys working with Louis van Gaal; plays down rift reports

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has played down talk of a rift with Louis van Gaal and hailed their "great working relationship".

Mesut Ozil defended by Arsene Wenger after Paul Scholes criticism

Arsene Wenger claims Paul Scholes "would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil".

Football Association names Martin Glenn as its new chief executive

The Football Association has named Martin Glenn as its new chief executive.

Mail Box

Why All The Hate For Robin Van Persie?

One Mailboxer can't work out why everyone is having a pop at Robin van Persie. Plus FA Cup anticipation, changing relegation, a Friday song and more Totti love...

Is Sissoko's Neck Very Distinctive?

Moussa Sissoko features in a really quite bizarre Distinctive Physical Features XI while we have mails on sexism, Angel Di Maria and Francesco Totti. Ramdom.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company