Previewing the Manchester derby
This weekend features the FA Cup semifinals. Saturday's match between Manchester United and Manchester City is the first all-Manchester FA Cup semifinal since 1926. And Sunday's other semi pits Stoke City against Bolton. Here are five key points to keep in mind ahead of these games.
• Both teams will be missing star strikers, as United will be without a suspended Wayne Rooney and City will miss Carlos Tevez because of a hamstring injury. Since Rooney joined United in 2004, the Red Devils are 9-2-2 in all competitions against Manchester City when he plays. Rooney has six goals in those games, including the memorable game-winning bicycle kick against City in February. Tevez moved from United to City after the 2008-09 season, becoming the first player to move directly from one team to the other since Terry Cooke in 1999. Tevez has scored 51 goals in almost two full seasons for City and is 1-4-1 against United, scoring three times against his former club.
• City has not defeated United in the FA Cup since 1955, and the Red Devils have a 4-2 edge against their cross-city rival in the competition. They last met in the 2004 fifth round, when United won 4-2 and proceeded to win its most recent FA Cup title.
• City has four FA Cup titles to United's 11, which is the most of any club. United's last final appearance was a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in 2007. City has not reached an FA Cup final since finishing runner-up to Tottenham in 1981, which is also the last time the Citizens reached the semifinals.
• The winner of the Sunday semifinal between Stoke City and Bolton will end an even longer drought. Stoke has never reached the FA Cup final, and Bolton hasn't been there in 53 years, since defeating Manchester United 2-0 at the original Wembley Stadium for its fourth FA Cup title. This is Bolton's first semifinal since 2000, and Stoke City hasn't gotten to this stage since 1971.
• These two clubs have met five times in the FA Cup, the last being a 3-2 Wanderers win in 1974. Bolton leads the FA Cup series 3-1-1, with Stoke's sole win coming way back in the 1928 fourth round.