Talk of Sir Alex Ferguson’s mind games have been the order of the day, but old Roberto Mancini isn’t too shabby at playing the game himself. After a ‘pity me’ routine over the demands and impact of the Europa Cup fixture list upon his side’s Premier League campaign, he reminded everyone that United had shipped in a top top striker in Robin van Persie.
He went on to say that at this moment in time Manchester United had to be seen as favourites for the title. But was pulled up by a journalist who reminded him he came out with the same line last year…
Manchester City from: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, K Toure, Nastasic, Nasri, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Silva, Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli, Dzeko.
Manchester United from: Lindegaard, De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Powell, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Rooney, Van Persie.