Vladimir Weiss wants his cameo performance against Arsenal to be a stepping stone towards greater things this season for himself and the Blues.
The highly-rated Slovakian was a popular choice to replace Shaun Wright-Phillips, and he capped his brief appearance with the third goal of the win that sent City into their first semi-final since 1981.
The draw immediately after the game paired City with their rivals from across town, and the young winger is relishing the prospect of facing United over two legs.
"Every team left is a good team," says Vlad. "It does not really matter who we play but if we want to win it we have to beat everybody. It's been a long time since we have won anything, and with this team we'll try to win something. We're close now and I hope we can go all the way."
Vlad may only have seen action for City in the Carling Cup so far this season, but he is happy to make the most of what chances come along, and he adds:
"I enjoy every minute on the pitch and when I get the chance I want to impress the manager and the fans. It's the fourth time I have played for the first time, and it was nice to score at last.
"I nearly missed it! Everyone congratulated me, but we are really happy that we finally won. Winning the Youth Cup was fantastic, and hopefully that will not be the final trophy we will win in my career.
It does not really matter who we play but if we want to win it we have to beat everybody. It's been a long time since we have won anything, and with this team we'll try to win something.
"We played really well, it was a tough game until we were 2-0 up. I was not expecting to come on, but after our second the pace of the game dropped a bit and I got my chance.
"We needed a win, and this was a perfect game for us. Arsenal are a good side and this is going to help us a lot going into the Chelsea game."