2224: Next Wednesday is going to be electric. As well as Man Utd v Man City, in the Premier League there's Villa-Arsenal, Blackburn-Wigan, Chelsea-Birmingham and Everton-Sunderland. See you here.
Man City manager Roberto Mancini: "It was most important to arrive in the second game after winning 2-1. I think after 20 minutes in the first half we played very well. We want to go to Wembley and it's possible we were nervous. We defended very well and Shay Given was fantastic."
From samfiske has won it on 606:
"Last time we lost 2-1 away in a cup knock-out round we won the home leg 7-1 against Roma in 2007. Let's hope for the same next week!"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "Roberto Mancini punched the air in delight at the final whistle, but will Manchester City's slim lead be enough to see them through to Wembley after Old Trafford next week? The night belongs to Carlos Tevez, while Wayne Rooney was magnificent for United in the closing stages. Why didn't Sir Alex Ferguson give him more support earlier?"
From Dave, Gloucester, via text to 81111: "Tevez may have been given man of the match, but the best player on show was Rooney. Please don't get injured in May, Wayne!"
2212: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "So, finally, the FA Cup fourth round draw is complete. The four ties tonight all had positive results -
have a look at the final draw here...
Meanwhile, Carlisle completed a somewhat improbable 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win at Elland Road over Leeds. They've given themselves a great chance of getting to Wembley."
Manchester City's Gareth Barry: "That's the way it's written sometimes, Carlos deserves it for how hard he works. We knew we'd have to dig deep and we're delighted, this was my first derby game here and the noise was tremendous."
2207: The second leg, not incidentally, is at Old Trafford on Wednesday 27 January at 2000 GMT. I wish I could fast forward time.
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez: "I feel OK, too tired, but it's OK. It's special for me, that was for the City fans."
BBC Sport's Alan Hansen: "At times it was pulsating and the last 20 minutes were fantastic, but I think United were there for the taking. Apart from Wayne Rooney, who was just phenomenal, the defence was all over the place and Roberto Mancini was a bit too 'hang on to what we've got' for my liking."
BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson: "Man United didn't show enough urgency in the second half - they created some chances late on, but it was too little, too late. But it's perfectly set up for next week."
2158: Full-time Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United What an absolutely fantastic advert for English football that was. I don't know about you, but I cannot wait until the second leg. Brilliant.
2157: One minute left. It's all United.
2156: Two minutes left at Eastlands.
2155: Brilliant football. Wayne Rooney fashions a yard to take a shot inside the City area and Shay Given gets down wonderfully to his right to push his right-foot effort behind for a corner, from which Mame Diouf heads wide - unmarked.
2153: Rafael is off for Man United and Mame Diouf is on. We're into injury time now - FIVE MINUTES of it.
2150: Paul Scholes comes on for Luis Valencia. Couple of minutes left.
2149: Unbelievable. Super play down the United left, skinning two defenders and hammering in a cross to the far post which Luis Valencia can only direct wide on the volley from an angle. He was only two yards out, mind.
From wintertime88 on Twitter:
"What happened to Valencia? Been anonymous after that glorious first 20 mins. Surprising that he hasn't been given the ball."
2147: Shaun Wright-Phillips is taken off by Roberto Mancini and Sylvinho comes on.
2145: About eight minutes plus injury time left and it remains Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United. Who'd have forecast that, eh? (*cough* 1930 *cough*)
2144: Full-time Notts County 2-1 Forest Green
2143: Brilliant from Wayne Rooney again as he twists and turns on the left of the City penalty area before toe-poking with some power right-footed, Shay Given tipping over alertly.
2142: Full-time Brentford 0-1 Doncaster
2141: No treble for Carlos Tevez, but the Argentine gets a standing ovation as he is withdrawn and replaced by the Zimbabwean Benjani.
2141: Full-time Accrington 1-0 Gillingham
2141: Full-time Cardiff 1-0 Bristol City
2140: Magnificent save from Shay Given to deny Wayne Rooney after a brilliant one-two with Michael Owen and from the rebound, Owen's goalbound shot is cleared off the line by Nedum Onuoha.
2139: How badly will he want this hat-trick? Gareth Barry knocks the ball sideways to Carlos Tevez on the edge of the United box, but his body is shaped away from goal and he fires over and wide.
2138: A lighter is thrown by a Man City fan at Patrice Evra. Pathetic, isn't it?
2136: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "Crikey. Joe Anyinsah has delighted the Carlisle fans at Elland Road by restoring their lead. They're 2-1 up and well on their way to a shock result. And Accrington are 1-0 up on Gillingham setting up what would rate as a minor Cupset - Fulham await the winners of that tie. Oooh - and Doncaster have just taken the lead at Brentford thanks to James O'Connor."
2135: Manchester United's Michael Owen, who quite liked this fixture last time he played in it, comes on for Anderson.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "'Fergie, Fergie sign him on' resounds around Eastlands. And was Carlos Tevez making a point to the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with that cupped ear celebration in close proximity to the technical area? Might be a bit premature for that. Once City discovered the courage of their convictions, this game changed."
2133: Craig Bellamy gets into space down the City left and fires over a cross that Shaun Wright-Phillips bangs in first-time right-footed, Edwin van der Sar making a decent save low down to his right. Another goal and the place will erupt.
2132: Manchester City bring Nedum Onuoha for the youngster Dedryck Boyata. He looks devastated.
2130: Goalflash Accrington 1-0 Gillingham (Miles)
Man City goal: Who writes this guy's scripts? United fail to clear a corner and it falls to Pablo Zabaleta on the edge of their box. He heads it back into the mixer, it falls kindly for Vincent Kompany to hook back across goal and there is that man Carlos Tevez to head past Edwin van der Sar from close range. Tevez sprints away to halfway, cupping his hands to his ears in celebration. Who's listening?
2128: GOAL Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United
2126: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "It's Charlton 2-1 Hartlepool. Scott Wagstaff has scored a potentially vital goal for the promotion-chasing Addicks."
2125: United fuss around the edge of the City area but Luis Valencia doesn't want to shoot so Wayne Rooney does, his 22-yarder flying over Shay Given's bar.
2123: The livewire FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "Maybe no extra-time in Wales - Michael Chopra beats the Bristol City offside trap, his shot rebounds off the post straight on to the unfortunate Bradley Orr who can only look on in dismay as it flies into the net. Cardiff 1-0 Bristol City."
2122: Wayne Rooney fastens on to another fine pass down the United left and crosses with pace to the far post, where Ryan Giggs sees his header from an acute angle blocked by Shay Given.
2121: Goalflash Cardiff 1-0 Bristol City (Orr og)
2120: Craig Bellamy's corner from the Man City left comes all the way to the back post where Micah Richards fires it goalwards, the ball hitting Patrice Evra and going out for another corner. City piling on some pressure now.
From andituk on Twitter:
"Managers and players lose their jobs for bad decisions, yet referees are unquestionable. Something needs to change."
2117: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "Here's your first Championship goal of the evening. And it's come from Tom Soares - he puts Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 up at Blackpool. New Wednesday boss Alan Irvine is an unstoppable winning machine, it would seem."
2115: Vincent Kompany rises highest to meet Javier Garrido's free-kick from the Man City left, but can only glance wide.
2112: A chance appears almost from nowhere for Wayne Rooney as he latches on to Wes Brown's cultured pass from halfway and with Vincent Kompany getting himself into a muddle, Shay Given saves the day with a decent block to deny Rooney.
2110: Patrice Evra needs some treatment after clashing knees with Shaun Wright-Phillips. Fabio warms up on the touchline.
2109: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "Is that the magic of the Cup I can smell? I believe so - Isaiah Rankin levels for Forest Green against Notts County and it's 1-1! Oh, hang on, Lee Hughes has just restored Notts County's lead. 2-1. Ah. As you were, move along, nothing to see here..."
2108: Back under way at Eastlands, no changes at the interval.
2108: Goalflash Notts County 2-1 Forest Green (Hughes)
2107: Goalflash Notts County 1-1 Forest Green (Rankin)
BBC Sport's Alan Shearer: "Man City probably do need an advantage going to United in the second leg. The more they can get the ball to Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez and put pressure on Rafael, the more success they might have."
From Simon in Swansea, via text to 81111: "Can't help but think Bellamy could have been sent off for those two quick fouls on another day. Never a penalty but it has set things up perfectly for the second half. Hope it turns into a cracker like the league game earlier in the season!"
2102: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "Normal service resumed at Elland Road? Jason Crowe levels for Leeds who are now 1-1 with Carlisle in the JP Trophy northern final first leg. Still about 124 minutes to go in that one (not all tonight, there's a second leg in February)."
2100: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "That goal for Notts County could spell the end of Forest Green's excellent FA Cup run - they're the last non-league team left in the competition. Elsewhere, in League One, Hartlepool are back level at The Valley, Denis Behan's penalty making it 1-1 with Charlton."
BBC Sport's Alan Hansen: "The first 10 minutes was the biggest bore of all time - once United scored City had the better chances, but they needed an inspiration from somewhere - I think it was a poor refereeing decision."
2054: Goalflash Notts County 1-0 Forest Green (Hunt)
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "Bedlam at Eastlands after Manchester City's equaliser. Rafael's first tug on Craig Bellamy looked to be outside the box but continued inside. City were punished in similar fashion when Micah Richards tangled with Louis Saha at Everton on Saturday. Roberto Mancini's side had shown signs of life before drawing level and to say Carlos Tevez relished the moment is an understatement."
2052: Half-time Manchester City 1-1 Manchester United
2052: Lovely move from United, keeping the ball in the face of massive pressure from the City players down their left and Luis Valencia winning a throw, but that's all there is time for.
2049: City don't deserve to be level, but they are. I'm expecting a lot of chat about that penalty, by the way.
City goal: Drama. Well, there was always going to be some, wasn't there? Rafael tries to keep up with Craig Bellamy and tugs his shirt - outside the penalty area. Bellamy tries to stay on his feet, but falls inside the box. There wasn't another foul inside as referee Mike Dean tries to argue, but he gives a penalty. Wrongly. Rafael is booked, Edwin van der Sar is booked, and Carlos Tevez steps up to smash the penalty into the roof of the net. A missile is thrown on to the pitch.
2047: GOAL Manchester City 1-1 Manchester United
2045: PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY
2044: Darren Fletcher's crazy back header almost falls for Carlos Tevez, but the Argentine has to bundle Jonny Evans out of the way and the ref blows for a foul. Tevez insinuates that Evans dived, the cheeky monkey.
From Rams fan, Derby, via text to 81111: "Come on Jonathan. I know being a Forest fan you know little about football, but Garrido is left-back, Zabaleta in midfield." Good point, mate. Here's the
by the way
2041: Nigel de Jong fizzes one in from 25 yards at Eastlands and Edwin van der Sar sticks out his presumably enormous right hand and makes sure it doesn't go in.
2038: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "FA Cup Danny loves the FA Cup. That said, not exactly a vintage 45 minutes. All three third round ties - and the third round replay - are 0-0 at half-time. But Cupset fans need not despair utterly - Carlisle lead Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road in the JP Trophy."
2036: The City fans are starting to get a little frustrated now, you can hear the odd moan and groan coming from the terraces. United could not have hoped for a better half hour.
2034: Welcome to my office, Carlitos. Tevez goes in high on Wes Brown and is perhaps lucky to escape a booking after a chat with referee Mike Dean.
2032: Lovely stuff from Craig Bellamy down the City left and after skinning his countryman he floats up a cross that Micah Richards heads goalwards, a deflection easing it into the arms of Edwin van der Sar.
2031: Micah Richards is playing at right-back, with Dedryck Boyata and Vincent Kompany at centre-back and Pablo Zabaleta at left-back. Wow I'm confused. City doing some pressing, now.
2028: Shaun Wright-Phillips curls over a magical cross from the Man City right and for some reason Carlos Tevez completely misjudges it, getting he timing on his header all wrong and watching it drift harmlessly away from goal.
2028: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "As far as Football League Danny is concerned, it's a three-horse race for the top two slots in League One. Leeds, Norwich and Charlton are those very horses. Charlton are playing tonight and are winning 1-0 at home against Hartlepool thanks to David Mooney's goal. A win leaves them level with Norwich, but behind on goal difference."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "Clenched fist salute from Sir Alex Ferguson to Manchester United's celebrating supporters as Ryan Giggs puts them in front. This means a lot to him and his team - the chance silence those he called the "noisy neighbours" is one he does not want to waste. United showing more composure on the ball than City up to this point."
From Another_vidic_header on 606:
"This is the most composed I have seen Utd all season, a sign of things to come as players come back from Injury. Evra, Anderson and Valencia are running this for fun."
2025: Lawro's right. United just have an age to play the ball, despite Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez's hassling and harrying. The extra man in midfield is killing City.
BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson: "United have an extra man in midfield and they are just not under any pressure whatsoever, they've got all the time in the world to play."
United goal: That's silenced Eastlands. Lovely goal too for United, as Patrice Evra floats over a pass to the right wing to Luis Valencia, he nutmegs Craig Bellamy before crossing low to the far post and after Wayne Rooney's flick is saved by Shay Given's outstretched hand, Ryan Giggs taps in from a yard for his first derby goal since 1996.
2021: GOAL Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
2018: Micah Richards is as strong as an ox and he barges past Patrice Evra down the City right, winning a free-kick in the process, which Wes Brown immaculately heads clear.
2017: Patrice Evra barges Shaun Wright-Phillips down the United left, sends in a cross that City half-clear and then the Frenchman fires in a shot that goes nowhere near Shay Given's goal. We're bubbling under.
2015: It's so quick and frenetic it's gone all scrappy at Eastlands. No half-chances yet, and we're over 10 minutes in.
2013: George - Micah Richards and Dedryck Boyata are playing as City's centre-halves tonight, with Vincent Kompany in midfield.
From George, London, via text on 81111: "I'm a little confused at the City formation, is it me or is Micah Richards at right-back? If so, where is Zabaleta?"
2011: FA Cup and Football League and Johnstone's Paint Danny: "It's a fair trek from Carlisle to Wembley - but there might just be a few thousand making that journey. Veteran silver fox Graham Kavanagh has put Carlisle 1-0 up at Elland Road in what is one of the more surprising early goals of the evening... Still no goals in the FA Cup."
2008: Couple of decent balls into the City box early doors, one from Luis Valencia and one from Darren Fletcher, but City manage to clear their lines. It's a million miles per hour at the moment.
2006: Furious start, tackles flying in all over the place and Carlos Tevez hassling and harrying like crazy. Don't go anywhere.
2005: We're under way at Eastlands.
2003: 'Blue Moon' is blasted out by the City fans and they are well up for this, make no mistake. So are United, though - this is their first team, of that there can be no doubt whatsoever.
2001: The teams are out at the City of Manchester Stadium for the first leg of this Carling Cup semi-final, led by their captains Shay Given and Ryan Giggs.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "Superb atmosphere inside Eastlands. Manchester City and their supporters will start to believe they are entering a period of genuine change for the club if they can beat Manchester United over two legs. Huge roars from City fans as the face of Carlos Tevez appears on the big screen. Robinho on the bench for City after his dreadful effort (or lack of it) at Everton on Saturday. Manchester City's 1969/70 team are being introduced to the crowd - Francis Lee, Mike Summerbee and a standing ovation for Colin Bell."
From IAmTheK on 606:
"Is this what Fergie calls a strongish team with some young ones in? That's our strongest first team."
1954: Sounds like a cracking little atmosphere at Eastlands already, and the teams aren't even out yet. They're under way in all of tonight's other games, by the way. Will keep you posted.
1950: Manchester City v Manchester United line-ups: Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boyata, Garrido, De Jong, Kompany, Barry, Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Bellamy. Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Ireland, Robinho, Sylvinho, Petrov, Mwaruwari. Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Brown, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, Valencia, Rooney, Giggs. Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Owen, Park, Scholes, Fabio Da Silva, Diouf. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
From Shayan Tejani, Pakistan, via text on +44 7786200666: "Here's a United fan with a soft spot for City, hoping for a United win but with Tevez scoring a screamer for the Blues. I ARE stupid right?"
1944: Look, I am sorry about this, but we're still waiting to be sent the full line-ups for Man Utd v Man City. It's not good enough, I know. Far from it.
1942: FA Cup and Football League Danny: "Plenty going on outside of Eastlands tonight. There are four FA Cup third round games - Cardiff v Bristol City is a replay and there will be a result tonight. Elsewhere, it's Accrington v Gillingham, Brentford v Doncaster and Notts County v Forest Green - all finally on after Frozen Britain did its best to ruin everything for everyone. Blackpool host Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, there are four League One matches, five League Two matches and in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern final first leg, either Leeds or Carlisle will hope to take a big step towards a Wembley appearance..."
1938: By the way, you do know that if you manually refresh you'll get all the pre-match chat and then live coverage of Manchester City v Manchester United right at the top of this page, don't you? Phew.
From Strucker, Antrim, via text on 81111: "God I hope Carlitos doesn't get the chance to wiggle his backside tonight! C'mon the Reds!"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "And finally, after the snow, Manchester City and Manchester United meet in the Carling Cup semi-final at Eastlands. Big night for Roberto Mancini - but spare a thought for the man who guided City to the last four, Mark Hughes. Will he be watching tonight? And who will he be supporting?"
1915: There's more than just a Manchester derby in a major cup semi-final to deal with tonight, though. Check this lot out: three FA Cup third round ties; one FA Cup third round replay; one Championship match; four League One games; five League Two clashes; the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final first leg; and a partridge in a pear tree. Thank God Danny the Stat's around tonight. What to call him, though...
1911: Rafael, Darren Fletcher, Anderson and Ryan Giggs are back in the Manchester United team tonight - but no Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic. Man City make two changes, with Shaun Wright-Phillips and Dedryck Boyata coming in. Full team news shortly.
1910: Time will tell its grizzly tale. What I do know is that there will be no shortage of action to chat about tonight. Here's how you do it: missive me via text to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); find me on Twitter;
dare to have your say on 606.
What's important is that we all have fun, OK?
1904: Whatever anyone says, this is not just another semi-final. These two might not have spent the last 30 years as fierce enemies competing for titles, but that's exactly what they are right now. City, backed by the richest owners in world sport, are hunting United down. This might just be the start. But what a start.
1900: Welcome to Manchester. This time, it's personal.
The billboard used by Man City when they signed Carlos Tevez in the summer
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