FA Cup: Man City keeps quadruple dreams alive, while Man United exits vs. Wolves

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/soccer/players/374766/" data-ylk="slk:Sergio Aguero">Sergio Aguero</a> and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/soccer/teams/manchester-city/" data-ylk="slk:Manchester City">Manchester City</a> left Swansea with nothing to do but wonder what could have been. (Reuters)
Sergio Aguero and Manchester City left Swansea with nothing to do but wonder what could have been. (Reuters)

The magic of the FA Cup gave way to the crushing inevitability of Manchester City.

City pelted Swansea into submission in the second half and turned a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 win in the span of 20 minutes at the Liberty Stadium.

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With the victory, City keeps its bid for the quadruple alive. No English side has ever won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the League Cup in the same season. City has already won the League Cup and is still very alive in the other competitions.

The penalty that tied Saturday’s game and Sergio Aguero’s winning header in the 88th minute both came amid controversy, as the whistle seemed weak and Aguero seemed offside.

In reality, the Citizens more than deserved the win. Not only did they dominate possession, not only did they outshoot the hosts 22-5 overall and 9-2 on goal, several of their chances missed by the thinnest of margins.

The comeback began when Bernardo Silva latched onto a ball with his left foot and fired it far-post in the 69th minute:

A few minutes later, United States international Cameron Carter-Vickers was judged to have fouled Raheem Sterling in the box, even though he won the ball and only then seemed to bring Sterling to the ground.

Aguero stepped up to the spot and drove his kick off the left post, but the ball crossed the line in cruel fashion after deflecting off diving Swansea goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt:

Aguero scored the winner by splitting the central defenders and heading home a Silva cross:

Swansea took the lead in the 20th minute on a penalty by Matt Grimes, while the second goal in the 29th minute was a gorgeous finish by Bersant Celina after a series of great one-touch passes:

Aguero’s Man of the Match-level performance came off the bench, as he replaced Riyad Mahrez in the 64th minute. Pep Guardiola fielded a fairly full-strength side, though substitutes Aguero, Sterling and fullback Oleksandr Zinchenko are regular starters.

Manchester City’s torrid form continues with the win, currently sitting first in the Premier League table and having demolished Schalke 7-0 midweek to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.

Even when you play well, it’s tough to beat City. Just ask the Swans.

Wolves hand Man United second loss in six days

There’s still plenty of reason for Manchester United to be excited with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm.

There’s even more reason for Wolverhampton Wanderers to be excited with their 2018-19 season.

Wolves scored twice in the second half to beat United 2-1 at the Molineux, with the goals coming from Mexican international Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota.

Jimenez led Wolves’ insurgence into United’s penalty area in the 70th minute, and amid the chaos that ensued he turned and buried the opening goal:

Jota then bottlecapped a quick counter with some sharp movement and a slick finish a few minutes later:

United pulled one back through Marcus Rashford in stoppage time, but the Red Devils are now out of the FA Cup. They also lost last Sunday to Arsenal in the Premier League, marking the first back-to-back defeats under manager Solskjaer.

He’s only lost three times overall, with the other setback coming against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. And Saturday’s loss is hardly the end of the world, as Wolves isn’t your typical newly promoted side.

Lots of money has gone into Wolves’ ascent up English football, which started in third-tier League One in 2013, and they seem a lock to finish in the top half of the Premier League table.

That will be little solace for United at the moment. But the real attention should be paid to the team that beat them.

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