By Chris Wright
Well. That was all rather exciting wasn’t it? Manchester United rushed into a three-nil lead against 10-man City at the Etihad in the third round of the FA Cup at the Etihad yesterday afternoon, only to have the frighteners put on them when City rallied and pulled two goals back during an intense second half.
Wayne Rooney put United ahead in the tenth minute with a perfect, nigh-on unstoppable header before City captain Vincent Kompany was sent-off for an exquisitely timed and executed tackle on Nani just a few moments later. To play Foy’s Advocate for a moment, I can see why Kompany’s lunge gave the impression of a two-footed scissor in real time, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that it was completely and utterly the wrong decision on the referee’s part.
As I saw it, Kompany went in with a solid block using his right foot/leg, and purposefully dangled his left behind Nani so as not to make contact with the United player. I have faith in Vincent. He’s far too conscientious and gifted a centre-half to go in that