Manchester City storm back as Manchester United crash out of FA Cup

Ross Houston
March 17, 2019

Pep Guardiola was "sorry" to see Manchester City beat Swansea City in the FA Cup quarter-finals by benefiting from the lack of VAR at the Liberty Stadium.

A dry opening half resulted in fewer scoring chances, with each side reduced to shots from range, with Marcus Rashford firing at John Ruddy on 14 minutes.

City found themselves 2-0 down after 29 minutes, as Swansea's excellent first-half performance put them on course for a famous upset.

Two goals behind to Championship also-rans Swansea, for 68 minutes nothing went Manchester City's way.

I don't like to lose games when the decisions are wrong but the referees don't want to make wrong decisions, but they must be helped. "When we analyse the game we deserved to win by far".


City's Fabian Delph was sent off in that game at the DW Stadium and against Swansea the same player was shown a yellow card which led to a penalty, slotted home by Matt Grimes after 20 minutes.

Pep Guardiola's team roared back from a two-goal half-time deficit to score three times after the break, with Sergio Aguero grabbing a disputed late victor in a 3-2 victory.

Speaking in his post-match news conference, Guardiola said: "All around Europe there is VAR, here there is not".

"We always believed it would come, always we fight".

"He is on top form, he is an exceptional player and he's enjoying those moments that only the world's greatest strikers have which is nice for the team", he said.


Ironically Swansea had access to the system in the quarter-finals past year - while still in the Premier League.

"You need these kinds of situations to go through, because there are a lot of games and different competitions every three days". But for a long time tonight it looked like that might happen.

Guardiola said: "You have to say congratulations to Swansea, it was incredible".

But United were unable to match their city rivals, slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Wolves to hand interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a second consecutive defeat.


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