Wait goes on for showpiece derby day
- 11 March 2013 09:43
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
The wait for an all Manchester final in a major competition continues following Sunday’s draw for the FA Cup semi-finals.
What an occasion the FA Cup final would be if it was contested between City and United and if Jose Mourinho thought the whole world was watching Real Madrid’s game with the Reds, that final would surely have garnered even more global interest.
Alas, it’s not to be this season, though the semi-final might yet see the two old foes going head-to-head in the semi – unless Chelsea triumph in the quarter-final replay.
The Manchester Evening News covers the story, noting that there could be major problems in finding a suitable date for the Chelsea-United return that could even impact on the scheduled semi-final dates: “Wembley is bracing itself for a big Manchester day out – with the Reds and Blues again scheduled to meet in an FA Cup semi-final.
"United still need to overcome Chelsea in a replay after they yesterday threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Old Trafford.
But the timing of that replay remains uncertain if Chelsea overcome a 1-0 deficit against Steaua Bucharest on Thursday to progress in the Europa League
"That would mean there are no dates available for the replay ahead of the scheduled semi-final weekend of April 13-14 – so the replay itself may have to be held that weekend.
"And in turn the semi-final between the replay winners and City could be pushed to a midweek date – making it difficult for supporters travelling to the capital.”
Elsewhere the Blues are linked with promising Leeds United right-nack Sam Byram, with The Sun reporting: “Manchester City plan a swoop for Leeds’ Sam Byram.
"Byram signed a new three-year deal two months ago but Mancini needs a long-term successor for Argentine Pablo Zabaleta.”
Caught Offside follow a not uncommon theme with their alleged Carlos Tevez-to-Monaco transfer story – something several tabloids and websites are suggesting.
They write: “The Argentine forward’s contract at the club expires at the end of the season meaning City may well be persuaded to part with the player should an attractive offer be made.
"Monaco currently have the ability to provide Man City with a tempting offer on account of them being owned by Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev.
"The billionaire is trying to restore Monaco to their past glory and is ready to invest significant sums of money in the club as he seeks to restore them amongst the European elite.
"Reports are suggesting that Rybolovlev has already sanctioned a £15 million bid for Tevez.”