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27/01/2010 09:30, Report by David Stowell

Ready to be thrilled?

The first leg was not just a semi-final, it was more like a soap opera. The tete-a-tete at Eastlands had drama, tension, heroes, villains, injustices, squabbles and simple, yet vitally important, goals.

It's all up in the air ready for someone to take it by the scruff of the neck tonight. When Giggsy stroked the ball home on Tuesday, Wembley edged a bit nearer, then Carlos struck to push it back to arms length. But a place in the final is still within touching distance - and we've done this many times before.

Indeed, coming back from the brink of defeat or cup elimination is the United way isn't it? This time last year, we were about to take on Derby here at Old Trafford a goal behind from the first leg and we battered them.

Paddy Crerand and I have seen many ups and downs in this competition from various lofty commentary gantries. He was naturally disappointed by last week's result, but as we snaked our way down through the City fans towards the tunnel to meet up with Sir Alex, we both talked about being hugely encouraged by the performance.

Giggsy was very matter of fact in his post-match interview at Eastlands after the game, but you could see that determination in his eyes, he wants another medal.

The battle will be won in the players minds as much as on the pitch. After all, City haven't been to a League Cup Final since 1976; we were there last year.

Inevitably, Carlos Tevez had to take centre stage last week and after everything that has been said, done and mimed in the past seven days, he'll be keen to make his point at The Theatre of Dreams.

I predict fiery tackles, some quality finishing and controversy by the bucket-load. The trip to Wembley will feel particularly sweet for the winner of this crunch clash. It will be a fiesta of football for the neutral, an emotional rollercoaster for any Red or Blue. Back United and I reckon you'll win some cash, but I bet they make you sweat a bit along the way.


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