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First Chelsea, now it’s Man City’s obsession that will cost them

| 14.04.2011

Sir Alex Ferguson was proven right on Tuesday night claiming Chelsea’s obsession would cost them the Champions League tie and now Nemanja Vidic is muscling in on the act.

The Manchester United captain has heaped the pressure on Roberto Mancini and his Manchester City side by suggesting it would be a failure if they ended the season trophyless having spent millions of pounds.

Tuesday’s victory over Chelsea saw Manchester United’s FA Cup odds trimmed into 11/10 from 6/5 and Vidic believes that the fact some of the Manchester United squad members are yet to win an FA Cup is driving them on.

Manchester City are out to 5/2 to win Saturday’s tie at Wembley and are likely to be without Carlos Tevez as Mancini prepares for the biggest game under Sheikh Mansour’s reign.

“Manchester United have an obsession about winning a trophy,” said Vidic. “After the big money they have spent, they want to win their first trophy.”

“Manchester City will be a very difficult game but a few players haven’t won the FA Cup, myself included, and we are hungry to achieve it.”

A banner at Old Trafford is a constant reminder to Manchester City fans that it’s 35 years since they last won a piece of silverware, and Mancini should need no extra effort, Balotelli aside, to motivate his side for Saturday’s clash.

But Manchester United are on course for another treble – Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are currently 11/2 to achieve the feat – and Saturday’s match could prove to be a tense and tight affair.

Manchester United are the favourites in the FA Cup betting at 1/1 to lift the trophy, but a win for Manchester City would see them become strong favourites in the FA Cup betting.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.