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Given keen to pay United back

05 Jan 2010 - 11:15:01

Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has admitted that Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final first leg meeting with Manchester United will be a revenge mission.

Given was one of the City players outraged when United won a thrilling Premier League derby 4-3 at Old Trafford in September 2009.

A controversial Michael Owen strike deep into a disputed amount of stoppage time left City angry and Given can't wait for the Red Devils to arrive at Eastlands on Wednesday.

"I have to admit it took me a long while to get over it," said the Republic of Ireland keeper. "A lot has happened since and it's gone now but it took me a good few weeks, even a couple of months, to get it out of my system.

"We played so well that day and for them to get such a late, late goal was very difficult for everyone to swallow.

"So we'd like to get our own back for that. We've only lost twice all season - despite everything that has been said and written about us - and that was one of them, in the 99th minute at Old Trafford.

"I think everyone else, apart from the referee, had stopped their watches by that time. It was well over the time, we know that.

"But we're doing okay and we go into this match in good heart. It seems like a long time ago now and we have to look forward."


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