Top 10 conclusions FA Cup quarter-finals
1. Lots of people argue that the FA Cup semi-finals should not be played at Wembley, but we doubt officers at Greater Manchester Police are among them this morning.
2. The two weeks of the season where Arsenal crash out of everything and Arsene Wenger looks about ready to hide in a darkened room until August could almost be pencilled in on FIFA’s official calendar.
3. Rory Delap throw-ins can still catch some teams unaware.
4. Micah Richards’ FA Cup goals are far more fun when they are accompanied by post-match interview f-bombs. You’ve changed, Micah.
5. Rafael and Fabio will never be Beckham and Giggs, but there is something to be said for the confusing double-vision attack combined with their scary telepathy.
6. And if the double-vision attack wasn’t confusing enough, the Manchester United teamsheet certainly was. At first glance it appeared was rolling out the 7-1-2 formation.
7. Fate probably dictated that another trip to Wembley could have caused serious disorientation and giddiness among Birmingham fans.
8. Having said that, Kevin Phillips’ strike would have been worthy of sending any team to Wembley.
9. In some circumstances you would tend to think that if both managers were unhappy a referee might be doing something right. This was not the case with Mike Jones in the Stoke v West Ham match.
10. Bolton Wanderers: your reward for ditching the pragmatism of Sam Allardyce and Gary Megson is a place in the FA Cup semi-finals where you will face… oh.