Football: It was a case of beware the wounded animal for Leeds United as they were brushed aside by a rampant Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup today.
Having seen his side slip to a 3-1 defeat at Southampton last weekend, which left City 12 points adrift of rivals Manchester United in the Premier League, Roberto Mancini fielded a strong side in a bid to keep their Cup hopes alive.
And the home side got off to a flying start when Yaya Toure scored after just five minutes with Sergio Aguero doubling their lead from the spot before second-half strikes from Carlos Tevez and Aguero put the game to bed.
“I’m happy. I’m happy because it was important to win after Southampton,” said Mancini.
“The FA Cup is difficult, Arsenal showed this yesterday because every game in the FA Cup is difficult if you don’t have a good approach.
“In Italy we say a game like this is a ‘brodino,’ a light soup, a starter. I hope that it can help us to start to win in the Premier League.”
It was a disappointing afternoon for the 6,000 traveling Leeds fans who had seen their side win just one away game in all competitions in the last two and a half months.
And their disappointment soon turned to anger that was directed at manager Neil Warnock as chants of “Warnock, Warnock time to go,” rang out from the away end.
Elsewhere, Wigan avoided a potential banana skin as they triumphed 4-1 at Huddersfield, courtesy of goals from Callum McManaman, Arouna Kone (two) and James McArthur, with Lee Novak replying for the hosts.
Finally Manchester United host Reading in the Cup tomorrow night and Alex Ferguson revealed he would be rotating his squad for the tie.
The Red Devils are without Paul Scholes, but the likes of Tom Cleverley and Anderson could both be included, as well as returns for Javier Hernandez, Nani and Ashley Young following Wednesday night’s draw at Real Madrid.
Ferguson said: “I will make some changes but I don’t think the incentive to get to the quarter-final is lost on any of the players. Whatever side I pick we’re expected to qualify.”
Reading midfielders Jimmy Kebe and Mikele Leigertwood are doubts.