Match Report & Analysis: Manchester United 2-1 Sunderland

And you thought the Chelsea victory was dramatic! An extraordinary game, how close can it get? Winning in one of the worst penalty shoot-outs ever seen with so many ifs and buts throughout the tie. Yet no one could deny Sunderland deserved victory in a highly impressive display against Manchester United at Old Trafford, knocking out Premier League champions and best team in the past two decades to reach a Wembley final for the first time since 1992. And who cannot say there may be a repeat of 1973? [More]

This Cup Run Deserves Wembley

With Wembley sitting so faintly yet distinctly on the horizon, it's time for the tedious transfer tug of wars and talk of relegation to stop. Just stop. Quite frankly, since Ki Sung-Yeung's immortal winner against Chelsea a month back I've thought of little else than the possibility, however big or small, of wandering down Wembley way in a sea of red and white. [More]

Poyet Can Emulate Southampton in Player Development

Apart from the fact that they were playing us at the time, I thought that Southampton were a joy to watch yesterday. Part of that was their style of play – Lambert leading the line well, with Lallana and Rodriguez linking up extremely well with him (a far cry from the huge gaps between Altidore / Fletcher and our midfield), and Jack Cork impressive in the centre of midfield, where Ki was overran, as Cattermole and Larsson had nightmares alongside him. In fact, it’s not stretching things too far to suggest that Southampton may be a very good role model for us under Poyet – if, as I hope he can in time, Poyet is able to tweak his system a little so that we give more support to the front man, and we can start pressing teams higher up the pitch. [More]

Fabio Borini - The Evidence

What do you want so much that you're like a warrior who never gives up? A derby winner? An equaliser in a cup quarter final? What about a winner in a cup semi-final or a crucial goal in a televised game? Well Fabio Borini has achieved all that and still wants more. His celebration which we've all copied at some stage is supposed to represent that fighting spirit and his commitment. [More]