FA Cup, Scottish Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points | Football

1) Guardiola trading on his past record for now

This is the first time Pep Guardiola has failed to win a trophy in any of his eight seasons as a manager and, however it is dressed up, that amounts to a crashing disappointing bearing in mind the level of expectation at Manchester City and their near-obsession with appointing him. A reasonable argument could be made that Guardiola would be facing the sack were it not for his record of 21 trophies in seven years at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and it will be intriguing to see what the club’s chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, makes of it in his usual end-of-season review. Mubarak described Manuel Pellegrini’s final season at the club, when City won the Capital One Cup, finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the semi‑finals of the Champions League, as the bare minimum. Guardiola’s team have accumulated more league points than the 32-game mark last season, 64 to 57, but they have regressed in every other way. “Next season we will be stronger,” Guardiola said. He had better be right because the people in charge in Abu Dhabi will not tolerate a repeat. Daniel Taylor

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2) Eriksen should not still be overlooked

Tottenham will scratch their heads and try not to get too angsty about their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea. Perhaps it would have been better to have lost this game in a straightforward way, outclassed for 90 minutes or beaten by some sharp finishing. Instead Spurs lost in a weird, confusing way, dominating at times, but somehow going down 4-2 to more hoary-handed opponents. It must be hard in particular for Christian Eriksen, who found himself in the rare position of playing two sublime scoring passes, in particular that wonderful ball for Dele Alli’s run, but still losing the game. Eriksen’s craft in particular should give Tottenham heart for the rest of this season. He has 11 goals and 16 assists in all competitions now, is so often a delight to watch, and remains a candidate for most underrated and largely unheralded creative player in the Premier League. Barney Ronay

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Christian Eriksen gets on the ball during Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea. Photograph: Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images

3) Rooney up for Manchester derby

As in life, football is all about timing, so are Manchester United about to end the season by finishing in the top four at Manchester City’s (or Liverpool’s) expense? Until this weekend Pep Guardiola’s side appeared to be coasting to a Champions League berth but they wake on Monday to the unthinkable prospect of a trophy-less campaign plus no elite European football next term. United beat Burnley to leave them only a point behind City before Thursday’s derby. Later on Sunday City…

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