I can’t imagine anything but a first ever all-Manchester FA Cup final!
How wonderful for our city that will be … and what a spectacle for the world game.
We at Betfred are evens it will be City v United at Wembley on August 1 – a weekend that is already circled in red in my diary, as 24 hours later on August 2 it is the much-anticipated resumption following lockdown of the Betfred Super League.
Don’t read too much into Arsenal’s win at the Emirates because that success was totally down to unprecedented errors by Liverpool stars, and certainly not a dramatic upturn in the Gunners’ form.
City, still riding a wave after their victory over UEFA that keeps them in the Champions League, are going to win – and win easily – in the first of the semi-finals tonight.
Raheem Sterling is on fire emerging as the club’s top scorer with Sergio Aguero injured. It is incredible how Guardiola and his coaching staff have transformed Sterling from a jet-heeled winger who panicked in front of goal, missing more chances than he scored, to an intelligent marksman who is arguably the most valuable English player in the game today.
Sterling – the 7/2 joint favourite at Betfred along with Gabriel Jesus to score first today – is now hitting the target when it’s not expected, and with that blistering pace must be an absolute nightmare for defenders.
As for United – well it could be argued they are the second most in-form team in the land behind the Blues, since the return behind closed turnstiles of the Premier League.
The emergence of Mason Greenwood has come at the same time as Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford AND even Paul Pogba proving once again just how good they can be.
Together with the excellent Bruno Fernandes (above, with Ole) pulling the strings as the missing piece in our midfield, United have run into form at the right time, chasing FA Cup glory, a top four finish, and a Europa League triumph.
Offensively, both City and United are earning the plaudits but there are still big questions for Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to answer, concerning their respective defences.
For the defenders to turn it round and do the business Betfred are 6/1 that both Manchester clubs keep clean sheets this weekend over 90 minutes.