James Milner sets his sights on FA Cup after starring in derby win at Old Trafford
James Milner was named man-of-the-match after he scored for Manchester City to help them beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford - and now he has his sights set on The FA Cup.
Milner, who opened the scoring early in the second half in the Manchester derby, now wants City to build momentum with Roberto Mancini's side facing Chelsea in The FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley on Sunday.
The England midfielder said: "Every derby is a massive game and we wanted come here and put in a performance and I think we did that - we deserved to win the game.
"Regardless of where you are in the table, a derby is a derby and to beat your rivals is massively important. We came here, we worked hard and got the win.
"We've got good momentum going into the weekend."
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was pleased with the victory which keeps the title race just about alive, with City 12 points behind their rivals with seven matches to go.
Sergio Aguero scored a superb winning goal after United had equalised through a Vincent Kompany own goal - the defender deflecting the ball into the net following a header by England's Phil Jones.
Mancini said: "We are happy. We played well and we deserved to win. We dominated the other game against Manchester United but lost and I didn't know how it was possible. But that is football, today is the same. We played football and we deserved to win.
"It was important for us to get second position but I think we showed we don't deserve to stay 15 points behind. They have had more consistency in this championship because they won more games but instead we lost points when we probably deserved to win.
"We showed we deserved to stay closer to the title but it is finished.
"It is important we finish in second position. This was important today. Only important is second position, if we lose the title by 15, 12 or 18 points, it does not change anything."
City also fielded England 'keeper Joe Hart and midfielder Gareth Barry, with defender Joleon Lescott coming on as a late substitute. While United included England's Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young, who appeared to pick up an injury before being substituted in the last minute.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson praised the performance of Jones in particular, who partnered Rio Ferdinand at centre-back having played in central midfield in recent matches. And he was also happy to see Wayne Rooney back after injury.
He said: "I was pleased with the second-half performance. There were a lot of plus sides. Robin van Persie was fantastic today, and Wayne Rooney got some time on the pitch after coming back.
"We won't be complacent. If you look at the history of this club over the years we always make it difficult for us. The supporters are hanging on the edge of their seats every year. It is a 12 point lead, we go to Stoke at the weekend and we will have a go."