Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United | FA Cup third round match report

Guardian

This victory will matter to Manchester United regardless of the fact that the FA Cup is the lesser priority. Defeating the holders, Manchester City, after that 6-1 trouncing by them in the league at Old Trafford is to be relished. Sir Alex Ferguson will now expect his men to believe they can compete on equal terms with these opponents in the Premier League.United were a match for a City side cut to 10 men but it took a while for them to accept that Vincent Kompany was gone. The referee, Chris Foy, had sent him off in the 12th minute after a two-footed lunge although his opponent Nani was not endangered. Officials at large were insistent that Foy's interpretation was consistent with current guidelines.City will have taken something from a seemingly unequal struggle. Considering they had been 3-0 down to a merciless United – Wayne Roon...

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