City head to Old Trafford next Wednesday for the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final knowing a draw will be enough to secure their first trip to Wembley in 29 years.
Even a repeat of the seven-goal epic in September would do it, although the nerves of both sides would be shredded in the unlikely event of that occurrence.
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'It was important to win my first derby - but I want to win my second as well,' said Mancini.
'I wasn't nervous. But Manchester United are a big team and I know it is going to be difficult.'
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