Yaya Toure scored to take Manchester City through to the FA Cup final and thereby ending Manchester United‘s treble dreams. The scoreline was 1 – 0 at Wembley and City now hope to end their 35-year trophy drought.
A poor clearance from Edwin Van der Sar was picked up by teammate Michael Carrick, who passed straight to Toure. The Ivory Coast international stormed past United captain Nemanja Vidic, who was attempting to tug at his shirt, and slotted the ball between Van der Sar’s legs.
City last reached the final in 1981 and hasn’t won a major title since the 1976 League Cup.
“It’s fantastic for the club, for the players and fantastic for the fans, because they have been without for 35 years,’’ Toure said.
In a fiery conclusion, United midfielder Paul Scholes was sent off in the 72d minute for a dangerous, high lunge on Pablo Zabaleta. And after the final whistle, City striker Mario Balotelli clashed with United midfielder Anderson after celebrating in front of opposition supporters.
City was overrun for most of the first half and Dimitar Berbatov should have put United ahead when he lofted the ball over an unguarded net.
“We had opportunities and we didn’t take them,’’ United’s Nemanja Vidic said. “We lost concentration for one moment and they scored — that’s hard to take.’’
After seeing its seven-match winning run ended, United’s focus turns to winning two more prestigious trophies.
United is 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League and will return to Wembley for the Champions League final next month if it can overcome Schalke in the semifinals.