Once upon a time there was a football manager, we’ll call him Joe, who once said that he’d never disrespect the FA Cup by playing a weakened team (not like that nasty Manchester City) at least not whilst they are drawn against low championship and 1st division opposition. But with an upcoming EL tie and winning said tournament could lead to qualification to the CL, their only realistic chance of doing so, Joe changed his mind. But how could he do it without sounding like a hypocrite? “I know” he said, “I’ll tell everyone that all my strikers are injured and that I have to play the walking lamp post Fellaini as a makeshift striker. If by some chance, we win, I’ll be considered a genius, but if we lose, everyone will feel sorry for me and the press won’t hound me like they did Mr Pellegrini.” Anyway, that’s enough fairy stories for now, let’s get down to the important matter of beating Monaco. After coming back from the dead in the first leg, we all felt euphoric, but I’d have been a lot happier if we’d taken that last minute chance to make it 6-3. We only have to lose by two goals and we’re out, unless we score three of course. The first twenty minutes will be vital. We must start high tempo and frustrate them. Concede early and we’ll have a big problem. That said. I think we’ll go through with a few nervous moments and I’m going for 2-2 on the night.