Dissapointing, in several ways.
It was even enough affair for most of the match, and we had our chances. But City got the break they needed, the United defence varying between good and bad all game. Toure took his effort well, and United lacked the abilty to break through. Rooney’s absence is bound to be seen as crucial, but that cannot be an excuse, not with strikers of the quality of Hernandez and Berbatov playing.
The midfield had a ghastly day, summed up by Carrick’s mistake and Scholes fully deserved red card, the two moments that defined the match. Berbatov was poor up front, and United never really looked like getting back into the match after conceding, save for Nani’s free kick.
So, one trophey gone. When it comes right down to it, if I had to pick which of the tournaments to lose in the run-in, it would have to be the FA Cup which has certainly lost much of its attraction in recent years. Cest la vie. The more important task of Schalke is upcoming, and the even more important task of winning back the league is still there. It’s time to put this behind us and focus on the tricky task of Newcastle away on Tuesday.
On Man City, they will be absolutly desperate to end the trophey drought, and they are the favourites. But the team is still not all that it could be as you would expect from the constant turnover. If Man City lose that final, Mancini will be gone. Regardless of win or loss, much of the team will be departing in the summer. It’s no way to build a side, unless you’re happy with just the FA Cup. United are still the better side and that’s something that City are still not good enough to challenge.