City have drawn Manchester United in the semi-final of the League Cup. The first leg will be played at Old Trafford on the week commencing January 9th, the return leg back in Hull on Wednesday 25th.
It’s a reward, if that’s quite the term, for last night’s thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Newcastle, and is of course our first appearance in this stage of the competition.
It isn’t our first meeting with them in this tournament, however. City lost a two-legged second round tie 6-0 on aggregate in autumn 1987, which forms part of a record of twelve games without victory over the Red Devils stetching back to 1974.
Even allowing for Arsenal’s surprise defeat, there was no prospect of an easy tie, or even one City would be given much of a chance of winning. Nonetheless, we’re making history just by being there, and they have the potential to be memorable occasions – competition rules state that City are entitled to 10% of tickets for the first leg, meaning that the Tiger Nation should be 7,500 strong.
We’re 16/1 to win the competition, but then again we’ve routinely caused surprises over the last decade. Bring on another.