Manchester United v Everton FA Cup semi final preview
Manchester United continue their way towards the quadruple dream after knocking out Porto from the Champions League last Wednesday, while Everton are chasing the European ambitions as it seems difficult to have a seat in next UEFA Europa League due to the order of the Premier League schedule and the FA Cup is the best way to reach the UEFA Europa League. So we will expect a tough game for both sides.
United before the game:
Manchester United are an excellent position to win at Wembley after winning in the Premiership against Sunderland and the last Champions League match at Porto, becoming the first English team to beat Porto at their stadium since 1963.
The squad will be boosted by GARY Neville and Rafael da Silva after coming back from recent injury problems. Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that the starting line-up will be different than the one played in Portugal with Paul Scholes, Park Ji-sung and Carlos Tevez among those expected to start.
Man United x Everton games history:
Game played in FA Cup: 10
Man United won: 5
Everton won: 5
– Their last game was during this season at Old Trafford. Man United won 1-0; Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal.
– In 1995, Man United played Everton in FA Cup final. Everton won 1-0 scored by Paul Rideout. Wayne Rooney, 11 years old at that time, was at Wembley!
Manchester United (from): Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, Neville, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Rafael, Fabio, O’Shea, Evans, Ronaldo, Anderson, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Carrick, Park, Nani, Giggs, Rooney, Tevez, Berbatov, Macheda.
My prediction: Man United will win 2-0.
What is yours?