Shaun Wright-Phillips reckons the whole City team is happy to be playing United in the Carling Cup semi-finals.
But the man who scored a spectacular second goal in the 3-0 demolition of Arsenal in the last eight has warned that the two-legged battle for a Wembley berth must now be parked until nearer the time.
It is back to business with immediate effect as the Blues prepare for a seismic CoMs clash with table topping Chelsea on Saturday evening.
“The main response in the dressing room to the draw against United was that we were all happy,” declared 28-year-old Wright-Phillips who has now scored in three successive home matches.
We are looking forward to the fact that we are in the semi -finals for the first time in a long while. If we play against United like we did against Arsenal then we have a great chance of reaching that final.
“We don’t mind which team United put out because we are only concerned with our own performance.
“Of course it will be special to see a huge number of City fans packed into Old Trafford just as it is when CoMs is full. It means so much to the players when the supporters are behind us and I am sure they can’t wait for January to come around.
“What we have to do now is let them talk and banter about the semi-final and the derby matches and concentrate on the league. Christmas is coming and there are a lot of points to play for and we want as many of them as we can get. We have also go t an FA Cup tie before then.”
Wright-Phillips was delighted with his 18-yard screamer against the Gunners but more relieved that it hit the back of the net than worried about the aesthetics of the strike.
“The style of the goal and the way it flew in wasn’t as important as the fact that it went in because it came at a perfect time for us in the context of the game,” he reasoned.
It was a team performance that lifted everyone and we are just delighted we are through. If we press like that as a team and play like that as a team then we are very hard to beat and always look as though we have got goals in us.
“Everyone did their individual part against a decent Arsenal side. They are not as young as everyone seems to say certainly not in terms of experience. They have played a lot of games now.
“What the win has done has put us in the right frame of mind for the visit of Chelsea at the weekend.”
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