Manchester United Vs. Manchester City, FA Cup Semi-Final: Paul Scholes Shown Straight Red For Challenge On Pablo Zabaleta

Paul Scholes has been sent off for Manchester United and that's going to make it very difficult for them to get themselves back into the match now. For reasons that will be known only to him, Scholes went in high and late on Pablo Zabaleta, catching the Manchester City right-back in the thigh with his studs after the ball was well away. Mike Dean had very little choice but to show Scholes a red card there, and the midfielder has trudged off the Wembley turf in disgrace.

Sir Alex Ferguson has had to re-jig his team shape now, and he's gone to a 4-4-1, removing Dimitar Berbatov in favour of Brazilian midfielder Anderson. It was going to be difficult enough to breach the City rearguard with eleven men, and with ten it may be well on impossible for the Red Devils to get back into the match. Nigel de Jong has also picked up a booking, incidentally, and Aleksandar Kolorov wasted a good chance after skinning defensive liability John O'Shea and shooting into the side netting rather than passing to David Silva. Despite those minor setbacks, it's looking pretty good right now for City, who have fifteen minutes left to hold on.

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