Semi-final against United postponed – good news or bad?
No sooner had I published the preview, than the game gets postponed. It will now take place on Tuesday 19th January (the intended date of the second leg), with the return now put back a week to Wednesday 27 January. The home game against Stoke that was due for Tuesday 26 January will now be rearranged.
Apparently the pitch is fine, but the current heavy snow has made the ground around the stadium “treacherous”. It’s also being said the computerised turnstiles are frozen – which could be a problem with a sell-out crowd.
With the excitement and anticipation for this game, it’s initially disappointing to hear of the postponement. On reflection, it may not be such bad news.
City’s injured players get additional recuperation time, while Roberto Mancini gets extra time on the training ground to get his ideas across. Richards, Robinho and de Jong may have played when not fully fit. Wright-Phillips, Santa Cruz, Ireland and Onuoha should all be back by the 19th.
Additionally, if Togo fail to get out of the group stage in the African Cup of Nations then Adebayor’s tournament could be over on the 19th and he may be back in time for the second leg at Old Trafford. Fixtures for the African Cup of Nations can be seen here.
The United response to having lost against Leeds can now be directed at Birmingham. It will be interesting to see the team Ferguson now puts out against us. First he was going to stand by the young players, then after Leeds he wasn’t.
At least we know we’ll be playing our strongest side, and it should be stronger still by the 19th.