On the eve of the Manchester derby, The Guardian newspaper has published two very revealing articles about City. The first reveals that Manchester City will review Roberto Mancini’s position at the end of the season, and that sources are unable to confirm whether Mancini will be at the club.
In the second article, Mancini is quoted using Jedi mind tricks to try to outsmart Ferguson, improving the confidence of Mancini’s team as well as putting doubts in the minds of Ferguson and his footballers:
“No one plays well against United because they only play with fear. United are strong now because of their importance as a team, their importance as a club. Every team that plays against United plays very soft because they think the game is difficult, that they can’t beat them. It is not true.
“If they play strong against United, they can beat them like they can beat us. This is normal, this is football, because United have been a strong team for a long time. For the other teams they play against it is difficult. I’m not saying they don’t play 100% but their mentality is poor in that game. They think they can do nothing but … I don’t think that is true. If you play with a good mentality, in football you can beat every team.”
I’d be shocked if Mancini will still be at the Etihad Stadium this summer. Even if City wins the FA Cup, it won’t be enough to convince City’s owner to keep Mancini at the club. The way City is run, it’s a cold-hearted business that is focused on achieving success. Mancini has elevated the club, but it’s time for a new manager to step in to improve the team in Europe and the league.
What are your thoughts? Will Mancini’s mind-tricks work against United tomorrow? Who do you think will replace Mancini this summer? And what role, if any, will Jose Mourinho take?
Here are tonight’s Premier League news headlines:
- Manchester City to review Roberto Mancini’s position at end of season — The Guardian
- Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini: too many teams roll over for United — The Guardian
- Manchester United’s training ground to be renamed in a deal worth ~£15m a season — BBC Sport
- Manchester City leading the fight against financial fair play — The Mail
- Papiss Cisse and Alan Pardew celebrate with fans in the stands after Newcastle win — Dirty Tackle
- Paolo Di Canio’s personal view of fascism must be set in historical context — The Guardian
- Martinez blasts Wigan players for their worst performance of the season against QPR — The Mail
- Wigan draw was toughest result of my career, says QPR’s Harry Redknapp — The Guardian
- Swansea’s league success is as important as League Cup win for Michael Laudrup — Wales Online
- Should we avoid buying football kit because of the logos and sponsorship? — The Guardian
- Grant Holt’s tackle on Chico Flores will go unpunished due to FA’s disciplinary procedure— The Mail
- Ray Wilkins’ history lesson on injuries is eclipsed in science labs — The Guardian
- Swansea will snag Real Betis star Jose Canas on a summer free — The Mirror
- Chelsea face anxious wait over Demba Ba ankle injury — The Guardian
- It is now or never for Premier League promotion, says Gus Poyet — The Independent
- Sunderland show vigour at Chelsea, but run out of steam says Michael Cox — The Guardian
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