Micah Richards is hoping redemption and Wembley will come in a neatly bundled package.
The Blues’ defender is desperate to get the better of United in the Carling Cup semi final in order to write a line in history and eradicate a bad memory.
Richards is well aware that City have not been to the final of a major domestic trophy for almost three decades and he knows too that some still hold him responsible for the Blues not hanging on to a point in the classic 4-3 league contest earlier this season at Old Trafford.
“It doesn’t get any bigger than United in the cup,” declared the defender. “I have played in quite a few derby matches now but you never quite get used to the atmosphere and the intensity and Tuesday’s game will probably go up another notch in that respect.
“There has been a lot of talk about who might be in the United side but like Arsenal their fringe players are really quite experienced and are not second stringers in that sense of the word.
Whatever eleven they put out we know they will desperately want to beat us and I can assure all our fans that we will be feeling exactly the same. It is certainly extra special to win a derby
“This club has not won a knockout trophy for a long time – as people keep tending to remind us – it is time we put that right. I want to be part of team that creates a bit of history and so do all the other lads here.
“When all said and done you can have your nice cars and your big house and all the trappings but what you will be remembered for as a football once you are retired is what you have won and how many games you have played in the top flight.”
Richards believes the CoMs atmosphere will play a big part in the outcome.
Our fans can make a big difference just like they did when we did the double over United when Sven-Goran Eriksson was in charge
“At Old Trafford that year they were simply amazing and never stopped from start to finish. They can make a difference, no doubt, and there will be three times as many of them packed into Old Trafford for the second leg as is the norm for a Premier League contest.”
And that last minute goal at Old Trafford?
“I switched off for a few seconds and the ball was in the back of our net,” he admitted.
“I got a lot of grief for that from all kinds of people but mistakes happen in football and I hold up my hands. This time I want to be on people’s lips for the right reasons.”