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Regardless of Ferdinand's involvement this evening, Sir Alex Ferguson has played down suggestions tonight's tie means more to Manchester City. "We've played some great teams over the years here in this sort of situation and we hope that experience helps us," he says. "It doesn't matter whether City have loads of money or none at all. This is a chance to get to a Wembley final, which is all the incentive you need."
The Daily Mail claims Arsenal are scrambling to hijack United's move for Fulham defender Chris Smalling, who is due in Manchester today to undergo a medical before completing a deal and then rejoining the Cottagers on loan for the rest of the season.
The Sun, meanwhile, carries quotes from Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who feels Wayne Rooney is carrying United's hopes of silverware this season. "Without Rooney it would be difficult for United to win the title," says the Italian. "He's a very decisive player for Manchester United."