Hughes bubbling over United tie

Mark Hughes is already looking forward to pitting his wits against Sir Alex Ferguson when Manchester City and Manchester United meet in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

United strolled to a 2-0 victory against Tottenham in Tuesday's quarter-final at Old Trafford while City cruised to a 3-0 success over an inexperienced Arsenal side 24 hours later.

Ferguson has already intimated that he will field a young side in the last-four clash, but Hughes is not so sure.

He said:"Sir Alex never used to play weakened sides in the competition.

"I seem to recall during my time at Blackburn they were a pretty strong side in the semi-final. We'll have to wait and see. That's his decision.

"We'll enjoy it. Over two games we'd back ourselves against anybody. We want to get to a Wembley final. This club hasn't had many experiences of that in recent times.

"We need to be in a domestic semi-final and we want to try and win the competition. I've picked strong teams because it's important. Certainly if we hadn't done that we might have gone out of the cup because we've had some really hard games.

"We've treated the competition with the respect it deserves. We deserve the reward of a semi-final. We want to go one step further if we can."

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