My Best Manchester Derby AND FA Cup Moment in Sky Blue
It seems no coincidence when outgoing City legends talk about their favourite moment in a sky blue shirt.
Despite both Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure witnessing arguably the greatest moment in both City’s and the Premier Leagues history – Sergio Aguero’s goal vs QPR in May 2012 – they choose to talk about an FA Cup semi-final moment in 2011.
With the first round of the Cup around again this weekend, sitting alongside Sunday’s Manchester Derby, it only seems right to talk say the narrow City win at Wembley seven years ago was the first mark of proper success after the Abu-Dhabi takeover in 2008.
It was Toure who scored the only goal against Manchester United in the Cup semi-final seven years ago, nicking the ball off Michael Carrick to score the winning goal, a goal that proved pivotal as City went onto win the cup a month later.
The cup victory that day paved the way for more trophies and really set the ball rolling in a golden period for City.
The old knockout competition was crucial to the years since, which has seen three Premier Leagues and three League Cups. You only need to listen to the comments made by Zabaleta and Toure to realise it’s significance.
Although they may have charmed and humoured the fans, it’s hard to find a reason not to question their reasoning.
Whatever happens on Sunday in the latest clash of Manchester’s greatest clubs or indeed in the FA Cup this weekend, you will probably not as significant a moment in a club’s history as there was for City back in 2011.
Both Zabaleta and Toure would say similar if you ever asked them. In a time when the Champions League takes top priority outside The Premier League, City fans probably have more of a reason to thank The FA Cup for than most.