Shay Given insists Manchester City are determined to win the Carling Cup.
City have taken the competition seriously throughout the season, although that was under the remit of previous boss Mark Hughes.
However, Given insists that despite Roberto Mancini taking charge, their mentality has not changed.
And the fact that they are facing local rivals United over two legs, only adds to the drama for Given.
"We're not in Europe this year so the two cups are an opportunity for us to try and pick up some silverware. We've got a great squad of players and we're all hungry for success.
"We want to do something in the Carling Cup and if we can get a run going in the FA Cup then who knows?
"It's going to be a special game for everyone on Wednesday night. We know the fans are really excited about it, but so are the players.
"They are going to be two red hot semi-finals. It's a huge derby this one, I know now how much it means.
"When you get to this stage you've got to go on and win the thing. People forget semi-finalists very quickly. Even losing finalists get forgotten about, I know that from my two finals at Newcastle.
"Only the winners get remembered so we're desperate to win a competition and be remembered for it at this club as the first players to pick up a trophy for a long time.
"I've been to semi-finals and finals but now I want to go all the way and win something. We know how tough it's going to be but we're really looking forward to it."
Given admits that City are still getting over their injury-time defeat at Old Trafford earlier this season, which saw United claim a late winner in their 4-3 victory.
City goalkeeper Given has warned he wants revenge, saying: "I have to admit it took me a long while to get over it.
"A lot has happened since and it's gone now but it took me a good few weeks, even a couple of months, to get it out of my system.
"We played so well that day and for them to get such a late, late goal was very difficult for everyone to swallow.
"So we'd like to get our own back for that. We've only lost twice all season, despite everything that has been said and written about us, and that was one of them, in the 99th minute at Old Trafford.
"I think everyone else, apart from the referee, had stopped their watches by that time. It was well over the time, we know that.
"But we're doing OK and we go into this match in good heart. It seems like a long time ago now and we have to look forward.
"We were gutted with the way it went but we know we have to defend better in those situations on Wednesday night and keep going right until the whistle."