Belgium striker had been missing from Villa's starting lineup for the last two games of Paul Lambert's doomed reign

13 May 2012: Mancini runs onto the pitch at after the final whistle of a 3-2 win over Queen's Park Rangers celebrating Manchester City winning the Premier League title on goal difference over Manchester United (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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FA Cup final: Dave Whelan discusses the ups and downs of his amazing journey with Wigan ahead of Wembley showdown against Manchester City

Final is particularly poignant for the man who has overseen club’s transformation from a Third Division ‘dump’ to FA Cup finalists

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In time it will be a quiz question: Which Manchester City player started an FA Cup final despite never having played a league game for the club?

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Arouna Koné: Key to Wigan FA Cup final win over Manchester City is to 'suffocate my old friend Yaya Touré'

City midfielder and Wigan's top scorer have been close friends since playing for the Ivory Coast Under-19 side

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Manager knows second place in the league and a Cup win will guarantee nothing

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