Manchester City Vs Sheffield United FA Cup Football Match Score 2023
Manchester City Vs Sheffield United FA Cup Football Match Score 2023
Manchester City square off against Sheffield United at the Wembley in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday (April 22). Sheffield are the only non-Premier League side left in the competition, with Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United contesting the other last-four clash. City secured their place in the last four with a comfortable 6-0 home win over Burnley last month. Erling Haaland starred with a hat-trick, while Julian Alvarez contributed a brace, and Cole Palmer also got on the scoresheet.
Sheffield, meanwhile, made the last four, thanks to a hard-earned 3-2 win over fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Tommy Doyle scored the winner in injury time after his team had twice come from behind. City played out a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals at Bayern Munich. In the process, they secured a place in the semifinals with a 4-1 aggregate win and extend their unbeaten run to 15 games across competitions. Sheffield, meanwhile, recorded a 1-0 win over Bristol City on Tuesday in the Championship, keeping their third clean sheet in five games.
The Cityzens last won the competition in 2019, which was their last appearance in the final, too. They have a perfect record in the FA Cup this season, keeping clean sheets in four games and overcoming the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. They have a crucial Premier League game scheduled against the Gunners on April 26. So, manager Pep Guardiola is expected to tinker with his starting XI, as his men will be playing their fourth game in ten days. City have great squad depth, so they should be able to negotiate this hectic schedule. The Blades, meanwhile, have won six of their seven games across competitions. They enjoy an unbeaten run in the FA Cup against the Premier League giants, but that could come to an end this weekend.
City have enjoyed a dominant run in the competition. Considering their advantage in terms of squad quality, they should emerge victorious. Wembley Stadium plays host to the first of two FA Cup semi-finals when Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City do battle with Championship promotion contenders Sheffield United on Saturday. The victors of this contest will book their place in the final and set up a showdown with either Brighton & Hove Albion or Manchester United, who face off in the second semi-final on Sunday. Man City have booked their place in the Champions League semi-finals for the third successive year courtesy of a 4-1 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich, including a 1-1 second-leg draw at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Erling Braut Haaland made amends for a first-half penalty miss when he slotted home the opening goal just before the hour mark to increase his goal tally for the season to a staggering 48, before Joshua Kimmich levelled the scores on the night with a converted penalty kick seven minutes from time. Despite a few shaky spells against a fired-up Bayern side in the second leg, the Citizens managed to complete the job and keep their hopes of winning an impressive treble alive, with pivotal FA Cup and Premier League fixtures on the agenda for Pep Guardiola’s side over the next week.
Before preparing for a top-of-the-table showdown with title rivals Arsenal in the Premier League next Wednesday, Man City are tasked with seeing off lower-league opposition in the form of Sheffield United if they wish to end a three-year run of failing to progress from the FA Cup semi-final stage. Indeed, the Citizens have been beaten by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the last three FA Cup semi-finals, but they will fancy their chances against the Blades on Saturday having won each of their last 21 domestic cup ties against teams from lower divisions, scoring 78 goals and conceding just 11 in the process – a 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round loss to Wigan Athletic in February 2018 was the last time that City tasted defeat against lower-league opposition.
City have progressed past Chelsea, Arsenal, Bristol City and Burnley in the previous four rounds of this season’s FA Cup by an aggregate score of 14-0, including a 6-0 quarter-final victory against the latter at the Etihad Stadium last month, and Guardiola’s men could become the first team since Everton in 1965-66 to reach the FA Cup final without conceding a goal if they manage to keep a clean sheet on Saturday. Sheffield United are on the cusp of securing promotion from the Championship after claiming a slender 1-0 home win over Bristol City on Tuesday night, courtesy of a second-half strike from Man City loanee James McAtee. The Blades, who sit second in the second-tier standings, now require just one more victory to confirm their return to the Premier League as they sit seven points clear of third-placed Luton Town, who have played a game more and dropped points at Reading last time out.
Paul Heckingbottom’s men will put Championship duties to one side when they compete in their first FA Cup semi-final for nine years this weekend, with the Blades seeking to pull off an almighty cup upset and become the first lower-division team to beat a top-flight club in the semi-finals since the 1991-92 campaign when Sunderland beat Norwich City 1-0 at Hillsborough. Sheffield United have seen off Millwall, Wrexham, Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers in the previous four rounds of this season’s competition, beating the latter 3-2 in a thrilling quarter-final tie at Bramall Lane in which Man City loanee Tommy Doyle netted a dramatic 90th-minute winner.
The Blades head into Saturday’s contest having lost each of their last five FA Cup semi-finals, most recently a 5-3 defeat against Hull City in 2013-14. Although their chances of reaching their first FA Cup final since 1936 are slim, a run of four victories in their previous four meetings with Man City in the competition provides a glimmer of optimism ahead of their trip to Wembley. Man City defender Nathan Ake has emerged as a doubt after pulling up with a hamstring injury in the draw with Bayern, although the Dutchman is hopeful that the problem is “not too bad”.
The Citizens have no other injury concerns, with Phil Foden available for selection after recovering from appendix surgery, although it remains to be seen whether the attacker is fit to start on Saturday, so Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish could occupy the wide areas from the off. After revealing that his side are “exhausted” in midweek, Guardiola may consider making some changes to his first XI, with Aymeric Laporte expected to get the nod in defence if Ake is not deemed fit to feature. Kyle Walker, Rico Lewis, Kalvin Phillips and Julian Alvarez will also be pushing to start, while cup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega is expected to begin between the sticks at the expense of first-choice shot-stopper Ederson.
As for Sheffield United, midfield duo McAtee and Doyle are both unable to strut their stuff on the Wembley turf as they are ineligible to face their parent club. The Blades will also have to cope without Enda Stevens, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Ben Osborn, Rhian Brewster and Jack O’Connell due to injury, but Wes Foderingham is available for selection after serving a two-match ban and could return in goal at the expense of Adam Davies. The absence of Doyle – who started against Bristol City – and McAtee will likely see Oliver Norwood start in centre-midfield alongside Sander Berge and John Fleck, while veteran striker Billy Sharp will push Oli McBurnie for a place up front alongside Iliman Ndiaye.