The Valentines Day Derby 15 years after Man United 4 Man City 2 FA Cup


"In the end it was, in my opinion, one of the most comfortable victories this season" he judged a delighted Macari. "You expected the City to make a lot of chances, you expect a chance after the other on a regular basis, because you're reduced to 10 men and chasing shadows." Roy Keane, in particular, came on the pitch and rallied the troops. and, in the end, it was a truly remarkable result. "

"I enjoyed every minute of it" the hero of two goals van Nistelrooy buzzed. "It was a great day for all the United fans and everyone at the club, yellow cards, red cards, goals, parades, a good atmosphere, that's what football is," He added.

"We showed how we react after a defeat and that's what Manchester United is all about. We're not looking forward to the next game, but it was great to be part of an atmosphere and a game like that."

"They scored half the chances and we missed chance of golden cut" complained Keegan, but the Guardian Daniel Taylor praised United "Series without mercy", as demonstrated by Scholes, van Nistelrooy and Ronaldo. "Ruud rules the roost" choir the Daily Mail.

As for Sir Alex, the only regret was the red card assigned to Neville, who had gained a suspension only a week after returning to the side after a month of injured.

"His red fog was quite out of character" said the boss, "And he knows very well himself that it was bad timing, with the automatic suspension for his sending that added to our defensive concerns.

"But at the end of the day, we had scored four goals, three of them when we were down to 10 men, and that sounds pretty good for me.

"I was asked later if we were taking the FA Cup seriously, but we have never seen this competition with anything but the highest respect and respect".

As always, what eventually turned out to have brought the untiring competitor to light from the words of Govan. The United would head to the final of the great competition in Cardiff, where – after a semi-final against the "invincible" Arsenal – Sir Alex's men would have won the eleventh crown of the FA Cup of the club with a 3 -0 on the Millwall.

Everything had to come. But Saturday, February 14, 2004, the red multitude has left Old Trafford dazed and delighted, after the most stormy Valentine's Day in the history of football in the city.