Edwin Van Der Sar so magnificent in the Chelsea match manages a weak clearance. Michael Carrick enjoying a rejuvenation of sorts gives the ball up. And then it is Yaya Toure’s long legs eating up real estate as he bursts past Carrick and Nemanja Vidic to nutmeg an onrushing Van Der Sar for the winning goal.
City keep Bert Trautmann’s hopes up for a FA Cup title. The former City goalkeeper and rehabilitated Nazi paratrooper was in the 1956 squad that won them one of their few meaningful silverware. That it might happen at the expense of their more illustrious neighbours will be that much sweeter.
It will be also be a fitting tribute to Neil Young, whose goal won them their last FA Cup triumph in 1969. He passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.