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Will Mancini survive if City somehow spits the bit against Wigan?
Manchester City will appear in their second FA Cup final match in three seasons against Wigan Athletic this season.
For a team that finds itself in the same position almost two years to the day later, so much is different now.
The Manchester City side that beat Stoke City for the FA Cup two seasons ago looks quite a bit like the one that will probably take the pitch against Wigan Athletic.
Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Carlos Tevez all started against Stoke that day. To a man, they figure to start against Wigan.
So there are a number of apparent constants. In truth, though, City's present situation is so different to that of its 2011 FA Cup champion team that it is almost unimaginable.
That prior team was trying to break a 35-year trophy drought for a snakebitten club that never seemed able to get out of its own way.
This City team, by contrast, won the Premier League crown last season and ended 44 years of seeing some other side awarded the title of best in the land.
As such, even though City are looking to win the FA Cup to redeem an uneven campaign, no one can pretend that doing so this time around will mean nearly as much to the Sky Blues.
Of course, losing would be an unmitigated disaster. Ladbrokes has City as a 4-11 favorite and Wigan as a 15-2 underdog.
You better bet City wants this game. If only to save some face.