NEWCASTLE'S Nolberto Solano has dedicated his FA Cup fifth-round clincher to new-born son Matias.

Proud father Solano marked his 59th-minute goal against Kevin Keegan's Manchester City with a baby-cradling celebration.

It was kid's stuff for the Peruvian winger, whose wife, Claudia, gave birth to their first child a week ago.

And Solano yesterday admitted: "We're both thrilled. My goal against Manchester City completed a perfect week.''

Keeper Shay Given has warned his Newcastle teammates that two more momentous weeks will determine their destiny this season.

The Magpies, chasing a League and Cup double, face the most demanding fortnight imaginable, starting with this Sunday's derby grudge match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Title rivals Arsenal visit St. James' Park six days later and the Gunners are back the following Saturday, March 9, to complete a Tyneside double-header in the quarter-finals of the Cup.

Inbetween, United travel to fellow championship-challengers Liverpool on Wednesday, March 6, for what promises to be a defining encounter in their Premiership campaign.

Given, United's saviour in Sunday's nerve-shredding victory over ten-man City, said: "We've got Sunderland away, Arsenal at home, Liverpool away and Arsenal at home again, so that two weeks is going to be interesting.

"It will tell a big story for the rest of our season. It's massive. It will have a big bearing on the end of our season."

Despite another home draw, their third in this season's competition, United manager Bobby Robson was far from happy that his side had been paired with Cup favourites Arsenal, who beat Newcastle at Wembley in the 1998 final.

Given said: "I think the manager is just happy we're in the next round. We've got a tough game against Arsenal, but if you're going to win the Cup, you're going to have to beat them.''

But former United boss Keegan, on his first competitive return to Tyneside, almost cut short the Magpies' Cup quest.

First Division leaders City, defying the handicap of having defender Richard Dunne sent off in the first half for a professional foul, rattled Robson's side.

Solano's strike proved decisive, but not before Republic of Ireland international Given had denied City's Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Given said: "It was a big day for Kevin Keegan, but we couldn't get carried away with that.

"He obviously deserved his reception from the fans because he's a king in these parts.

"But we had to focus on the game, and that's what we did.

"I don't know what he said to them at half-time, but they caused us a few problems early on in the second half.

"They got through a couple of times, but luckily enough we kept them out. The lads put a couple of good blocks in as well and we dug deep.

"It's hard sometimes against ten men, but we kept a clean sheet and got the goal - Nobby took it very well.''

On his save from Wright-Phillips, Given added: "I just got my toe end to it to nick it away. It was a one-on-one, but I was happy to be in the right place at the right time.

"Their keeper, Nicky Weaver, had a good game. He made some great saves and they defended well.

"If it had been two or three-nil, it wouldn't have been a fair reflection of the game, but we're just happy to go through.''

United now host successive televised Saturday clashes with Arsenal.

The Premiership game on March 2 is on Pay Per View, and the Cup tie is screened on BBC1. Both games kick-off at 5.35pm.

The Cup replay would be at Highbury on Saturday, March 23 (3pm).

In this case, United's Premiership fixture at Blackburn, scheduled for that day, would be re-arranged.

Including the Manchester City tie, the Cup game with Arsenal is due to be United's fifth televised match in a row. The Sunderland and Liverpool games are both scheduled for Sky Sports with respective (1pm) and (8pm) kick-offs.

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