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Shay ready for derby ordeal

Shay Given

Shay Given

Shay Given expects to get everything but the kitchen sink thrown at him next week in the Carling Cup semi-final derby second leg showdown at Old Trafford.

The Blues face their great rivals protecting a 2-1 lead from Tuesday night's compelling first leg after Argentina striker Carlos Tevez wiped out Ryan Giggs' opener with a double hit.

But City's Republic of Ireland goalkeeper had to produce what Roberto Mancini called "a fantastic night" to keep out the Reds' comeback attempt, and Given expects more of the same on Wednesday.

Shay admitted: "We know it's a massive game. They showed that in the last 20 minutes when they really came at us trying for that equaliser. We know it's only half time and a big game to come.

"They showed how good a team they are but we stuck together. We got some great blocks in and cleared one off the line, but we had to do that. They are not the champions for no reason.

"We'll have to stick together and show the spirit we showed on Tuesday. The League game is a long time ago and hopefully we've put that to bed. Old Trafford will be tough, it is for any team.

"I don't know if it was nerves but we were a bit apprehensive at the start and Manchester United punished us. We'll have to do better at the start next week, and for the rest of the game.


It will give us confidence to go there with a goal start, and we showed a lot of character to come back and sneak our noses in front, but there's a lot of football left in the tie yet


Given played in two losing Wembley finals for Newcastle, but added: "We'd be getting ahead of ourselves talking about the final now. We've a massive game first with all to play for. I'd love to get to the final, but we'll see.

"I came to Manchester City to win things, as I said at the time. That's the plan, to get some silverware before I retire. I Hope I've got a good few years left yet.
"We're still a long way off the top teams until we've put some trophies on the mantelpiece. But we're going in the right direction. We have the financial backing but we're not up there yet."

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