Thriller in Manchester: Four things we learned from this FA Cup classic
Manchester City and Manchester United served up an FA Cup classic on Sunday as the Reds held on to beat the Blues and reach the fourth round.
Here Ian Ladyman looks at four things we have learned from the thrilling third round clash.
THE FA CUP IS NOT DEAD YET
Five goals, a controversial sending-off, a late surge and a comeback from a United great. Anyone who thinks this competition doesn’t matter should have been here.
CLASS REALLY IS PERMANENT
Paul Scholes’ return began with a poor piece of control that led to City’s second goal. But soon after that he was passing the ball in the same metronomic way he always did. Scholes made 71 passes in his 30-minute cameo, more than any City player and all but two team-mates (Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick).
Back in the big time: Paul Scholes in action against City
UNITED STILL HAVE A PROBLEM IN GOAL
During his time as David de Gea’s understudy, Anders Lindegaard looked as though he had the confidence and the ability to step up. On Sunday, Lindegaard looked as nervous and unsure as his club-mate, spilling Sergio Aguero’s shot in the build-up to the second goal and fumbling a late free-kick.
Mistake: Lindegaard's parry set up Sergio Aguero for City's second goal
MANCINI KNOWS HIS OWN MIND
City’s Italian manager still makes some peculiar decisions. Yesterday he chose Aleksandar Kolarov ahead of Gael Clichy and rested England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was not injured.