Manchester United & Roberto Mancini

Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club, based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, that plays in the Premier League. Roberto Mancini (born 27 November 1964) is an Italian football manager, formerly an international player and current manager of Premier League club Manchester City. 5.0/5

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Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 24, could be heading back to Serie A with Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini eager to secure his return to the San Siro. (Daily Star Sunday) Mancini could also return to former club Manchester City to sign England midfielder James Milner, 28, whose contract talks with the Premier League champions have broken down. (Sun - subscription required) Colombia international Fredy Guarin, 28, could be going in the other direction with Liverpool considering a January loan deal for the Inter midfielder. (Sunday People) Chelsea have made a £30m bid for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, in an attempt to beat Manchester United to the signing of the Netherlands international in January. (Sunday Express) But United are set to pip neighbours Manchester City to the signature of Fiorentina's Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado, 26, next month. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian) Everton have joined Arsenal, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid in the chase for Croatia international a ...
Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is ready to try again to sign Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie. (Source: Da…
The management of Inter closely monitor the situation around the Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie says “Telegraph”. Lately harder it is said that the Dutchman can go from “Old Trafford” and are ready to make an offer for him, if he is released. The contract of 31-year-old until the end of next season, but it does not show the required form this season and will not be surprised if you leave early. Reportedly, Inter will try to take Van Persie in the summer Next Year. The new coach of Milan’s grand Roberto Mancini has long liked this player and even tried to lure Manchester City while he was head of the club, but then Van Persie prefer to go to Manchester . To offer the range of 12-15 million. A big problem for his buyer, however, may be the salary of the player who is currently receiving 300 thousand. Euros per week and is unlikely to be willing to take less in his new club. ...
Inter Milan are thought to be eyeing a summer transfer for Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie, according to reports, UK’s Metro reports via the Daily Telegraph. The Daily Telegraph believe Inter boss Roberto Mancini is keen on a deal for the Dutch international, having previously tried to…
Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants to sign Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie, 31, for his new club Inter Milan. (Telegraph)
New Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is lining up a January move for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34. Manchester United have been told Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 25, will cost them £47m. Chelsea and Manchester City are set to go head to head for the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, with both clubs prepared to meet the 22-year-old's £48m release clause. Liverpool are ready to rival Arsenal for the signature of 19-year-old Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao. The president of the German Football League, Reinhard Rauball, says European football's governing body Uefa could leave Fifa if the global governing body fails to publish Michael Garcia's report into World Cup corruption. Roma striker Mattia Destro, 23, has welcomed rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal. Cardiff City could terminate Ravel Morrison's loan spell after the 21-year-old West Ham midfielder disappointed manager Russell Slade.
Manchester United must pay £16m to sign Wesley Sneijder Manchester United will have to pay £16 million if they hope to secure the signing of Wesley Sneijder this summer, The Daily Express reports. Dutch international playmaker Sneijder - a long-term target for the Red Devils - has been linked with a potential switch Old Trafford on multiple occasions since compatriot Louis van Gaal was announced as the club's next permanent manager back in May. The 30-year-old's obvious importance to current employers Galatasaray has previously been considered as a potential barrier to such a move, although former Italy boss Cesare Prandelli - confirmed as successor to Roberto Mancini at the Türk Telekom Arena earlier this week - has moved to confirm the value of the player's release clause and conceded that, while he hopes Sneijder stays in Turkey, the club are powerless to prevent him leaving if a team produces the appropriate fee.
Turkish side Galatasaray have named former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli as their new coach. The Istanbul side parted company with Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini in June. Prandelli resigned after a poor World Cup campaign in which the Azzurri were eliminated at the group stage. The 56-year-old, who had two years left on his Italy contract, had guided the national side to the final of Euro 2012, which his side lost 4-0 to Spain. Prior to that, he had successful spells in charge of Parma and Fiorentina. Galatasaray revealed recently that their search for a new manager had involved an "exchange of ideas" with Former Manchester United manager David Moyes, A spokesman for the club also said Germany coach Joachim Low and USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann were their top targets.
Who is this soccer player? He has got into a fight with Yaya Toure and Roberto Mancini before, he has walked with 25 thousand pounds and when asked by the police he said 'because I can', he said Messi is the best himself being second, he went to ladies' prison coz he was curious, went into a high school just to use the toilet, made E. Dzeko to fall to the ground just for fun, was found with an Inter Milan jersey him being an AC Milan player , his celebration is linked to a lot of things, had sex with a stripper while girlfriend was downstairs, when at Man City he laughed at the way Joe Hart dived and even exagerated it, took a lens off of a camera of a paparazzi, hated coz his race, associated with a criminal gang like a mafia, he has made an epic miss when trying to score with his back heel, failed to wear a training vest that he was assisted, removed it and failed to wear it again, bought an iPad just because he was bored on the bench, set the house on fire when his team won against Manchester United, d ...
Chelsea are also hopeful of wrapping up deals for Atletico Madrid duo Filipe Luis and Tiago in addition to Diego Costa. Inter Milan are in talks over a move for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez England manager Roy Hodgson will give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain time to prove his World Cup fitness. Everton have opened talks with Chelsea over another deal for Romelu Lukaku. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been in touch with Zinedine Zidane over the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. David Moyes says Wayne Rooney carried Manchester United last season, and he'll star for England in Brazil. Mario Balotelli is set to leave AC Milan, but he isn't wanted by his old boss Roberto Mancini at Galatasaray. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed his interest in Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who is set to leave Barcelona.
DE TELEGRAAF (Holland) Louis van Gaal agreed a deal to become Manchester United manager on Friday night and will join the club once Holland's World Cup campaign comes to an end. Daily Mail Interim Manchester United boss Ryan Giggs wants to land the job on a permanent basis and is hoping to make his case by leading the side to four successive victories to end the season. Young Southampton left-back Luke Shaw is believed to be Manchester United's big summer transfer target but will not move to Old Trafford until he knows the identity of the next permanent boss. THE SUN Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he expects to sign a new contract this summer. Alex Ferguson's former number two Rene Meulensteen says sacked Manchester United boss David Moyes, "wouldn't listen to all the good advice I and others who had success at United gave him". THE TIMES Monaco are hoping to lure back their former boss Arsene Wenger with a £13m-a-season offer which would make him one of the world's best-paid coaches. DAILY MIRRO ...
Black Cats plot City cup upset (AFP) Saturday 1 March 2014 Share Ten months on from their shock FA Cup Final defeat by Wigan Athletic, Manchester City find themselves again cast as potential Goliaths ahead of the League Cup decider against Sunderland. As in May 2013, City will start as favourites against a team residing third from bottom in the Premier League relegation zone, but the experience of that rain-soaked Wembley day will steel them against complacency. Then, a stoppage-time Ben Watson header gave Wigan victory, producing the biggest FA Cup Final shock in 25 years and precipitating the departure of City coach Roberto Mancini, who was sacked two days later. By then, City had already conceded the league title to Manchester United, but although Mancini's successor, Manuel Pellegrini, has enjoyed a fine debut campaign, his side's momentum has slowed in recent weeks. They are only three points off the top in the league with a game in hand, but a recent home defeat by Chelsea exposed hitherto unseen vu ...
Mou and Hazard key to Gala vs Chelsea. We've sat and watched Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United all fall at the first hurdle in the past week. Now it's up to Chelsea to wave the English flag tonight in the Champions League. Luck of the draw, lack of experience within the team and on the sidelines, call it what you will, the three other English teams haven't performed and are all on the brink of elimination. So what of Chelsea tonight, what chance does Chelsea realistically have to progress to the next round? I believe we have a great chance and that's not because I am biased but because of two key factors amongst many this evening. One of those two being Jose Mourinho. It's been interesting to see Mourinho since he arrived in Turkey, obviously upset at being the subject of a stitch up by a Reporter but quick to put his Game Face back on and bite back at comments made by Roberto Mancini. For a second there I was worried as Mourinho looked different, subdued and not his usual self but within mi ...
WEDNESSAY Paper Talk: Daily Star Jose Mourinho has rubbished Roberto Mancini's bid to claim credit for his Champions League glory as another war of words erupted around the Chelsea manager. Barcelona want to hijack Porto star Eliaquim Mangala's proposed move to the Premier League with both Manchester clubs keen on the France international. Pepe Mel's future as West Brom boss is under scrutiny just six games into his reign. Javi Garcia wants to help Manchester City lift the Capital One Cup to to win over the boo-boys - and Spain boss Vincente del Bosque. Tottenham's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 27, is on the summer wish list of French giants Paris St-Germain. THE SUN Manchester United's disastrous seasons was lying in ruins last night after a Champions League humiliation in Greece. Pepe Mel faces a battle to keep his job at West Brom after players hit out at the Spaniard's methods. Samir Nasri is set to sign a three-year contract extension at Manchester City. Southampton are eyeing a move for Manchester ...
SOCCER NEWS David Moyes slammed Manchester United's "worst" Uefa Champions League performance this term after they lost 2-0 at Olympiacos. Alejandro Dominguez and on-loan Arsenal forward Joel Campbell struck either side of half-time for the hosts, who were superior to the Premier League champions for the vast majority of the contest. Borussia Dortmund were close to their fluent best in Tuesday's 4-2 Uefa Champions League win over Zenit, according to coach Jurgen Klopp. Goals from Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the opening five minutes put the Bundesliga side in control of the last-16 first-leg tie and, although they let Zenit back into the game, last year's beaten finalists remained ruthless in front of goal. Roberto Mancini has suggested that Chelsea have an "80 per cent" chance of eliminating his Galatasaray side from the Uefa Champions League. The Turkish champions play host to the Premier League leaders on Wednesday in the first leg of a last-16 tie. Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira led the ...
Champions League last-16 tactical previews A look forward to Olympiakos v Manchester United and Galatasaray v Chelsea, plus best XIs from Europe's big leagues Champions League previews Galatasaray v Chelsea It might not be quite as extreme as witnessing a partner renew acquaintances with with their former love, but Galatasaray will provide a hostile environment for Didier Drogba's emotional reunion with former club Chelsea on Wednesday night. He will be at the centre of attention, and while we will all be awaiting his muted celebration if he scores, there is still the small matter of a Champions League quarter-final place at stake. Overcoming Galatasaray will be no mean feat. Roberto Mancini, the man who managed Manchester City to their Premier League title in 2012, has won six of his 11 meetings against Chelsea. The Turkish Superlig holders provided the biggest surprise of the group stages, subjecting Italian giants Juventus to the knockout phase of the much less valued – and significantly less valuabl ...
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Lukas Podolski has told Arsenal fans he is going nowhere. Manchester United are set to go on a summer spending spree as they look to banish their 2013-14 Premier League struggles by making a series of big-money signings. Manchester City could go back in for Porto midfielder Fernando this summer despite being knocked back by him in January and seeing him sign a new contract. Barry Ferguson is poised to be named as Blackpool's new manager after receiving support from his playing squad. Tottenham are chasing Ajax and Holland defender Joel Veltman. Manchester United, Arsenal and AC Milan have also watched the 22-year-old this season. Chelsea defender David Luiz is top of Barcelona's wanted list again as they prepare for the summer transfer window. Roberto Mancini, now manager of Turkish side Galatasaray, is considering going back to Manchester City to try to sign defender Matija Nastasic. Schalke have admitted the £37million buyout clause of Arsenal target midfielder Julian Draxler will still be active this ...
FACE MANCITY TUESDAY, SOOO AS USUAL WE LOOK AT THEIR STADIUM AND A FEW THINGS. Aguero is injured. Maybe its good for us. The 2001 to 2011 history of the club has been marked by stability, with the club establishing itself as a Premier League regular since 2002. The club was taken over in 2007 by Thaksin Shinawatra , who invested a considerable portion of money into the club with Sven-Göran Eriksson. After being arrested for political corruption in the summer of 2008, Shinawatra had to sell the club. 2008 The Abu Dhabi United Group become the new owners of Manchester City. Former Wales, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United star Mark Hughes becomes the new City Manager (Dont underestimate Hughes next time you see him). The club break the British transfer record for the second time with the £32.5m signing of Robinho from Real Madrid. 2009 Roberto Mancini, former manager of Inter Milan became manager. From there we know what happened. L'ding...
Eto'o having fun at Chelsea Cameroun striker Samuel Eto'o has been fired up by his hat-trick against Manchester United on Sunday and says he is fully enjoying his time at Chelsea. Read full article FA fine Everton for illegal approach Everton were slapped with a £45 000 fine by the English FA on Wednesday for an illegal approach to England youth international Jamaal Lascelles of Nottingham Forest in 2010. Read full article City building on my foundations - Mancini Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini says he has no bitterness towards his former club Manchester City and believes their success this season is partly due to the foundations he laid. Read full article Liebherr promises Saints 'commitment' Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr promised on Tuesday she was "absolutely committed" to the Premier League club's future success following the exit last week of former executive chairman Nicola Cortese. Read full article Willian form may trigger Mata's exit Juan Mata could be on the way out at Chelsea and, ...
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Roberto Mancini: "Chelsea have changed and bought some new players, Manchester City bought four or five. After many years, it's time for Manchester United to refresh the team." "David Moyes have worked for 10 years at Everton and he did a really good job. He is a good manager and I don't think he needs any of my advice."
Roberto Mancini believes that David Moyes will eventually come good at Manchester United.
Roberto Mancini has remained coy on speculation linking Galatasaray with a move for Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic. The Serbia international is set
Let's take a look at the transfer gossip in the papers. TRANSFER GOSSIP New Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is lining up a double raid on West Ham for midfielders Ravel Morrison, 20, and Mohamed Diame, 26. Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal to sign Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, 27, but they will have to wait until the end of the season. Arsenal's 30-year-old full-back Bacary Sagna - out of contract at the end of the season - is a £4m target for Roberto Mancini at Turkish club Galatasaray. Chelsea are vying with Inter Milan for Kurt Zouma, the 19-year-old central defender who has been earmarked as a future France captain by the country's coach Didier Deschamps. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that the transformation of Eden Hazard from worst trainer to model professional has allowed the club to sanction the sale of winger Kevin De Bruyne, 22, to Wolfsburg. Manchester United are targeting Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan Reports in France claim Paris St-Germain are contemplating makin ...
Pellegrini and Suarez win prizes • Last Updated: January 10 2014, 10:58 GMT Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been named the Barclays Premier League manager of the month for December with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez picking up the player of the month award. Pellegrini, who replaced Roberto Mancini as City boss last summer, secured the award for the first time after guiding his side to a seven-match unbeaten run during the month. City won six of their seven Premier League games in December - they only dropped points in a 1-1 draw at Southampton - including important home victories over title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool. The 60-year-old claimed the award ahead of three other nominees, Manchester United boss David Moyes, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Everton's Roberto Martinez. Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and Alan Pardew are the four previous winners this season. Suarez was named the Premier League player of the month following his record-breaking goalscoring streak ...
UK Premier League Paper Round: City want Begovic to replace Hart Manchester City have targeted Asmir Begovic as the solution to their goalkeeping problems; Andre Villas-Boas is facing a fight to remain Tottenham manager; and Manchester United are eyeing up Nemanja Matic - here are the main stories making headlines in today's newspapers. City eye up Begovic-Hart swap: Manuel Pellegrini wants Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to replace Joe Hart as Manchester City's number one, reports the Daily Mirror. Hart, who has been dropped after a series of costly errors, could head in the opposite direction for the second half of the season to preserve his World Cup place, the paper claims. City are willing to pay up to £15 million for Begovic, who was lined up by Roberto Mancini when the Italian was in charge at Eastlands. Paper Round's view: It's true that Hart cannot afford to sit on the bench in a World Cup year, although if City fail to find a replacement in January, he is likely to be back in the first team befo ...
Latest Football News & Transfer Gossips :- - Cardiff City have sent a top club official to Mexico to tie up the signing of Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero. - Hull City could take £7million winger Nordin Amrabat off Roberto Mancini's hands as the Galatasaray manager looks to shift non-Turkish players from his squad. - Dan Petrescu's appointment at Crystal Palace is in doubt as the two sides fail to agree terms. - Tottenham will ask FIFA for £1million in compensation over the injury Christian Eriksen sustained on Denmark duty. - Italian attacker Alessio Cerci, who has started the season brilliantly at Torino, is attracting covetous glances from Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. - Arsenal could be set to steal 17-year-old Croatian starlet Alen Halilovic from under the noses of local rivals Tottenham. - Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul, meanwhile, could be heading to Milan in January. - Crystal Palace are set to make another attempt to lure Tony Pulis to Selhurst Park. - Fulham striker Dimitar Berb ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP Barcelona are considering a surprise January bid for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. The Spanish champions want the ex-Manchester United man, 32, to provide experienced cover for the injured Lionel Messi. Full story: Daily Express Newcastle must fight off six other top-flight clubs to land Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha, 21, on loan. Full story: Sun (Subscription) Belgium forward Eden Hazard has told Chelsea team-mate and compatriot Kevin De Bruyne, 22, to quit Stamford Bridge to save his World Cup dream. Full story: Daily Star Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini is thought to have dropped his interest in Chelsea captain John Terry after learning the 32- year-old has no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge in January. Full story: Metro Arsenal are closely monitoring Croatian starlet Alen Halilovic, 17, after Tottenham were unable to seal a deal for the Dinamo Zagreb attacking midfielder. Full story: Daily Express Fulham are interested in signing Brazilian midfielder Anderson, 25, on loan ...
Manchester United and Napoli are leading the race to sign Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to sources in Italy. Matic left Chelsea in 2011 as a makeweight in the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge and reports suggest United boss David Moyes could grab him for around £18.5 million. TalkSPORT Chelsea defender John Terry could be the subject of a sensational transfer swoop by Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini. The Former Manchester City boss is a big admirer of Terry and Galatasaray will match the £150,000-a-week wages he picks up at Stamford Bridge. The Sun Manchester City look likely to spend in the January transfer window to address their worsening defensive problems after manager Manuel Pellegrini received yet more bad news about captain Vincent Kompany. The Metro Meanwhile, Malaga have warned City boss Pellegrini off raiding his old club for Willy Caballero and Sergi Darder. Pellegrini has been linked with Malaga keeper Caballero since Joe Hart’s dip in form and the 32-year ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP Chelsea skipper John Terry, 32, is wanted by Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini and is willing to match his current wages of £150,000 a week. Manchester City plan to buy a new defender in January. Manuel Pellegrini's side have struggled without injured captain Vincent Kompany in recent weeks. Malaga have told former boss Pellegrini that they are not interested in selling goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 32, and midfielder Sergi Darder, 19, to City. Chelsea midfielder Ramires, 26, says he has little interest in a proposed transfer to Real Madrid. Borussia Dortmund are still keen on signing Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 27, but do not want to spend more than £15m in replacing Bayern Munich-bound forward Robert Lewandowski. OTHER GOSSIP Midfielder Michael Carrick, 32, is close to signing a two-year contract extension with Manchester United. But Carrick could be sidelined until Christmas after receiving an injection to resolve a persistent Achilles tendon injury. England boss Roy Hodgson thin ...
FOOTBALL NEWS UPDATE. - Galatasary boss, Roberto Mancini want Chelsea defender, John Terry to move over to Turkey in the Summer. - Man.City are determined to offload Edin Dzeko and have placed a £25m price tag on him. - Arsene Wenger rules out selling any of his players to Manchester United - Manchester United Midfielder, Michael Carrick ruled out for 6weeks due to injury. - Arsene Wenger is keen to land Demba Ba in January. - Former Mourinho assistant, Aitor Karanka is the new manager of Middlesborough.
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Southampton rookies Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez are poised to win their first England caps on Friday. Dan Petrescu is favourite to take over as manager of Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace. Liverpool defender Daniel Agger won't sulk if he returns to the bench. Arsenal want Jack Wilshere to play for England only against Chile and not Germany. Chelsea midfielder Ramires plays down talk of a move to Real Madrid. Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson admits his dream job - as manager of Liverpool, the team he grew up supporting - will never come. John Terry is wanted by Roberto Mancini at Turkish giants Galatasaray. Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck are facing operations which would rule the Manchester United pair out until the New Year. The FA have denied claims that England players urged Roy Hodgson not to use St George's Park in their friendly double header. Michael Carrick is set to give Manchester United boss David Moyes a massive headache with a long spell on the sidelines. Liverpool are int ...
Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini is ready to offer £13m for Manchester United winger Nani. (Source: Daily Express)
The Five Top Worst Spending Sprees Based on the Following Season’s Results 1. Manchester City 2008 Man City, with Mark Hughes as manager, spent about a £140m in 2008 when they signed numerous players including Brazilian international Robinho for a £32.5m from Real Madrid. When the January transfer window opened they paid £18m for Nigel De Jong £12m for Wayne Bridge and another £14m for Craig Bellamy. The team ended the season in 10th place after buying a total of 13 players. 2. Manchester City 2009 After forking over £140m in transfer fees the previous year, City followed it up by spending another £130m in 2009. This time Hughes bought players such as Roque Santa Cruz for £18m and then paid £25m for Emmanuel Adebayor another £16m for Kolo Toure, £25.5m for Carlos Tevez and £24m for Joleon Lescott. Hughes took them to fifth place and was sacked. Roberto Mancini took over and they finished the campaign still in fifth. 3. Manchester United 2001 Man United shelled out a total of £75.5m in 2001 ...
Cristiano Ronaldo helps Real Madrid beat Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Juventus 2-1 to maintain their 100% Champions League record. Ronaldo opened the scoring with a dinked finish but Fernando Llorente equalised from close range before Ronaldo scored a penalty, his seventh goal in three Champions League games. Juve had Giorgio Chiellini sent off before Real's Gareth Bale came on for the last 23 minutes. Galatasaray went second in Group B, above Juve, by beating FC Copenhagen. Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba scored the goals for Roberto Mancini's side in their 3-1 win, with Claudemir scoring a late consolation. GROUP A Stefan Kiessling Bayer Leverkusen moved above Shakhtar Donetsk into second place thanks to a 4-0 win over the Ukrainians. Stefan Kiessling scored twice for the Bundesliga side, with Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam also netting. Manchester United remain top thanks to their 1-0 win over Real Sociedad, who are still bottom without a point. GROUP C Zlatan ...
MANCINI WANTS NANI Roberto Mancini did Manchester United a favour last season by being not terribly good, and now it seems he is to do them a similar favour by taking Nani off their hands. The Daily Express reports that Galatasaray will make a £13million offer for the winger, curiously as a replacement for Wesley Sneijder, who could be on his way out. Louis van Gaal has apparently urged Sneijder to leave Turkey, and amusingly he has been linked with Chelsea. Which won't happen. Anyway, yeah, Nani to Galatasaray. Nailed on. It says here. Well, not really. ROMA AFTER RICHARDS There have been a few rumours about Micah Richards flying around recently, but this one in The Daily Mirror, via Corriere dello Sport, is interesting. Apparently Roma are interested in the Manchester City right-back, who has 'yet to agree new terms' on a contract with the club, and this has apparently 'alerted' Roma boss Rudi Garcia. Says here that Roma 'could face competition' from Newcastle, which would be a...tough choice. Sort of. ...
Champions League RESULTS . Bayern Munich and Real Madrid produced dominant performances in the Champions League on Wednesday as the likes of Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo found the net on a good night for Europe's top forwards. Robben helped Bayern outclass Manchester City 3-1 away, a demonstration that Bayern's defense of the title is right on track with two wins from two games. "We controlled the match and that is important in the Champions League," Bayern's coach Pep Guardiola said. Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria scored two goals each for Real Madrid in a 4-0 rout of Copenhagen, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic notched a brace for Paris Saint-Germain in a 3-0 demolition of Benfica. They were all outdone by Kostas Mitroglou, who scored a hat trick to lead Olympiakos to a 3-0 victory at Anderlecht. Manchester United was held to a 1-1 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk, while City's former coach Roberto Mancini steered Galatasaray to a 2-2 draw at Juventus, just two days after taking charge of the Turkish side. Ronaldo's ...
Paper Talk TODAY: -David Moyes ignored Sir Alex Ferguson's plea to keep his trusted backroom staff at Manchester United. -Luis Suarez was the daddy on his Premier League return - scoring twice for his new-born son. -Jose Mourinho is facing his first player rift since returning to Chelsea after banishing Kevin De Bruyne to the reserves. -Roberto Mancini is set for talks with Turkish giants Galatasaray. -Jose Mourinho insists John Terry's future at Chelsea is still bright. -Liverpool's SAS - Suarez and Sturridge - were called the top strike partnership in the country after they demolished Sunderland. -David Moyes admitted Manchester United have problems EVERYWHERE after they slumped to a second Premier League defeat in a row. -Chelsea's fury over Fernando Torres' red card at Tottenham is set to explode today with the striker facing a four-match ban. -West Brom are poised to make the loan of Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano permanent. -Jay Simpson has turned his back on the Championship for a move to Thai ...
SUNDERLAND MANAGER CONTENDERS Steve McClaren, Roberto Di Matteo, Gus Poyet and Roberto Mancini tipped to be in frame to replace sacked Paolo Di Canio Steve McClaren Ellis Short, Sunderland's owner, is not thought to have been a member of the former England coach's fan club but local betting patterns on Monday indicated the big money was on him. Based in North Yorkshire but commuting to QPR to help Harry Redknapp, McClaren understands the north-east and the Premier League. Won the League Cup at Middlesbrough and reached the Uefa Cup Final. Assisted Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and won the Eredivisie at FC Twente. Lowlights include England, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest but is a high-calibre coach likes passing football and would understand the mentality of a largely overseas squad. Verdict Short could do a lot worse. Roberto Di Matteo Led Chelsea to the European Cup in 2012 after being sacked by West Bromwich Albion. Likes good progressive football, has shown a pragmatic streak and would appeal ...
Have Begun Talks With Manager Arsene Wenger Over A New Contract As The Board Look To Secure The Frenchman's Long-Term Future[Sunday Mirro] *Former Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho : "Cristiano is a winner, he always wants to play and win and that’s why I am in no doubt that he will continue with Madrid." *Stoke are eyeing Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, as Mark Hughes looks to reunite the England striker with Peter Crouch. [Sunday People] *Liverpool's policies could scupper a move for Xabi Alonso but Rodgers may bend the rules to land the midfielder for £10m. [Mail on Sunday] *Thiago Alcantara has a "good chance" of signing for Manchester United this week for about £17m on a five-year deal. [The Observer] *Manchester United winger Nani, 26, could join Roma this summer, his agent Jorge Mendes has revealed. [Metro] *Roberto Mancini insists he is enjoying his break from the game, however he would like to manage Serie A football in the near future
The end of last season was a carnival of ambiguity given the retirement of the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the appointment of Everton's David Moyes as his successor, the sacking of Roberto Mancini by Manchester City, and the scheduled departure of Rafael Benitez from Chelsea. It was...
Arsenal last night smashed their transfer record as they agreed a £23m fee for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. Nicolas Anelka will become West Brom's top earner ever after he agreed a £5m, two-year deal. Ryan Giggs has accepted a player-coach role at Manchester United. Wigan have signed keeper Scott Carson from Bursaspor. Newcastle have Wigan's permission to speak to Arouna Kone. Manchester City are stepping up their interest in Real Madrid defender Pepe. Southampton fancy a double swoop for Valencia's Ever Banega and Damiao from Internacional. Nicklas Bendtner's £3m move to Frankfurt is off after he refused to take a pay cut on his £50,000 per week wages. Ravel Morrison wants to stay at West Ham and fight for his place. Djibril Cisse has signed a one-year deal with Russians Kuban Krasnodar. Crystal Palace are set to land Sierra Leone defender Umaru Bangura. . Chelsea have agreed a £9m deal with Vitesse Arnhem for midfielder Marco van Ginkel. Roberto Mancini has hit out over his sacking from Man ...
United never in Mourinho's thoughts New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed how he told Sir Alex Ferguson he had no interest in succeeding him at Manchester United. The Portuguese coach, 50, agreed a four-year deal to take over once again at Stamford Bridge after he left Real Madrid at the end of last season. There had been suggestions Mourinho, a Champions League winner with Inter Milan after leaving England almost six years ago, was in the frame for the United post when Ferguson stepped down as well as on Manchester City's list of potential replacements for the axed Roberto Mancini. However, Mourinho maintains there was only ever going to be one destination for him this summer, which he happily shared with Ferguson, who also revealed to the Portuguese his own plans to stand down after one last campaign at the helm long before that news became public knowledge. He said: "I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago, and I am so happy with his trust because it was big news for the world - I ca ...
LONDON Evening Standard Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal would be interested in signing Wayne Rooney but believes the Manchester United striker's relationship with David Moyes is the key factor in his availability. FULHAM CHRONICLE Mark Schwarzer admits he's no closer to resolving his Fulham future. QPR have recalled Hogan Ephraim from his loan spell at MLS side Toronto FC. Manchester Evening News Craig Bellamy has lifted the lid on the tensions former Blues boss Roberto Mancini caused among the City squad during his spell in charge. Manchester City legend Paul Lake is to leave the Blues to take up a role with the Premier League. LIVERPOOL ECHO Andy Carroll's exit from Anfield is set to be confirmed this week as Liverpool look to fend off interest in Luis Suarez. Monday is likely to be new manager D-Day for Everton. NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE Monaco could be set to test Newcastle United's resolve over Yohan Cabaye. Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland have joined the queue of clubs monitoring Romelu Lukaku's situation ...
Manuel Pellegrini turned down offers from Paris Saint-Germain, Anzhi Makhachkala and a host of clubs in Italy to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City - Manchester City Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen is the favourite to succeed Roberto Martinez at Wigan - Manchester Evening News Former Bolton manager Owen Coyle is a reported target for Wigan - BOLTON NEWS Ray Wilkins has revealed Ashley Cole wanted to quit football years ago because of his poor media profile - LONDON Evening Standard Chelsea are expected to name their new boss inside the next two weeks, with players willing the club to get the appointment agreed as early as possible - FULHAM CHRONICLE QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has vowed to stay at Loftus Road and help win promotion back to the Premier League. The R's, meanwhile, are considering a swap deal that could see Peter Crouch arrive at Loftus Road and Junior Hoilett head to Stoke - FULHAM CHRONICLE Mauricio Pochettino has been offered the manager's job at Portugues ...
TUESDAY FOOTBALL HEADLINES ***Manchester United-bound winger Wilfried Zaha scored a second-half brace to help Crystal Palace see off arch rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and reach the Championship playoff final. ***Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills has claimed Roberto Mancini was sacked because 'he just ignored players from day one'. Mancini was relieved of his duties on Monday night with Manuel Pellegrini, the Málaga coach, set to take over and Assistant Manager Brian Kidd will take charge of the side for the final two games of the season, starting with their match against Reading tonight. ***Barcelona have celebrated their fourth La Liga win in five years with open-topped bus parade through the city. They were greeted by thousands of fans who lined the streets determined to join in the celebrations on Monday. ***A parade to celebrate Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 title success was cut short on Monday due to crowd violence. The event was scheduled to last roughly an hour, with members of the squ ...
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SPORT NEWS:FOOTBALL. 2012-13: The season you couldn’t make up. IT was the morning after the night before. Chelsea had just beaten Benfica in the Europa League final in Amsterdam with a last-minute goal from Branislav Ivanovic and their fans were still celebrating in the bars and cafes along Nieuwendijk Centrum. I made my way to Schipol Airport for the flight back home. Typically, it had been delayed almost three hours. How to fill the time? I shouldn’t have asked. The phone went. It was the office. There was breaking news — David Beckham had just announced his retirement. What could possibly happen next? Inside nine days Alex Ferguson had gone after 27 years at Manchester United, rank outsiders Wigan had won the FA Cup only to lose at Arsenal three days later and be relegated, Roberto Mancini had been sacked by Manchester City, Chelsea had won their second European trophy inside 12 months... and now Goldenballs was on his way. You couldn’t make it up. And there was still time for the final Sunday ...
1. A group of MCFC fans plan to say thank you to Roberto Mancini this Saturday by placing an ad in Italian sports paper, Gazetta dello Sport. 2. Nils Petersen has secured a permanent stay at Werder Bremen & has signed a four-year deal after confirming his departure from Bayern Munich. 3. Arsenal have announced that midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has undergone knee surgery and is set to be out for around two months. 4. AC Milan confirm the signing of defender Cristian Zapata from Villarreal on a permanent basis. 5. Stevan Jovetic has insisted that the only thing on his mind is Montenegro's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. 6. Rio Ferdinand signs a new one-year contract at Manchester United. 7. According to Greek sports website SportDay, LFC have agreed to loan Suso to Olympiacos next season. 8. One of Mauricio Isla’s representatives has hinted that the midfielder will be leaving Juventus this summer. 9. MCFC chief executive Ferran Soriano has denied interest in Falcao & Neymar, saying: "They've never be ...
Manchester City ---THE SITUATION When it comes to shooting themselves in the foot, Manchester City have had few rivals over the last 40 years and the messy sacking of Roberto Mancini on Monday showed the club's DNA still has a self-destructive strand. Mancini was hired by the club's mega-rich Abu Dhabi owners in 2009 to turn City into serious contenders for silverware on a regular basis and the suave Italian did just that. NEWS Manchester City sack Roberto Mancini A first league title for 44 years, an FA Cup and three consecutive qualifications for the Champions League made City into a football powerhouse and there will be no shortage of world-class coaches joining the queue to take over the hot seat vacated by Mancini. So while City fans were waking up with their club in a state of turmoil - a stark contrast to the smooth transition of power at Manchester United where the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson will be replaced by David Moyes - the current malaise is a million miles away from the dark old days when t ...
ARSENAL IDEALLY POSITIONED TO SNAP UP SEVILLA MAN! In recent seasons Arsenal's reluctance to splash out the requisite dough on their transfertargets has seen them lose out on some top names. With the Manchesters and Chelsea currently embroiled in regime change they have a chance to steal a march in the hunt for quality reinforcements. Manchester United new broom David Moyes still has Everton's lastgame of the season to contend with, whilst Man City and Chelsea must find managers to replace the departed Roberto Mancini andoutgoing Rafael Benitez. For all three clubs it's likely to be some time before the new managers can sit down with theirrespective boards and directors of football with a view to earmarking potential acquisitions. While all about them times are changing, the status quo at the Emirates remains reassuringly unchanged, giving Arsenal an opportunity to conclude some tidy business if they strike early. The Gunners' indecisiveness when it comes to transfers is legendary, having been close to si ...
At last someone telling it like it is about Roberto Mancini's sacking. My favourite sport journalist, Oliver Holt nails it again! Worth a read for every football fan. Spin City: Roberto Mancini's strengths as Man City Manager became weaknesses when it suited those who sacked him. None of the allegedly surly, unsmiling Italian's flaws stopped the Blues handing him a five-year deal after he won the title, writes Oliver Holt So it turns out that, behind the suave ­exterior, Roberto Mancini was a nasty piece of work. He sulked through a meeting once, apparently. He was nasty to his players. Nobody liked him. They say he was insubordinate towards chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain. He was not keen on being told who his transfer targets should be. He stamped his feet when City missed out on Robin Van Persie, who went on to win the title for Manchester United. The former kit-man has complained he could barely get a ‘hello’ out of him. The Italian didn’t smile much, eith ...
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney on Tuesday praised the retiring Alex Ferguson as a "fantastic manager" -- just days after the veteran Scottish boss revealed that the striker had submitted a transfer request.
Malaga's Chilean coach on his way to Man City, with Mancini set to pay for a season of failure in League and Cup Duncan Castles  The Sunday Times Published: 12 May 2013   After an FA Cup Final tactical humiliation at the hands of relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic, Roberto Mancini is expected to lose his position as manager of Manchester City. The Abu Dhabi-owned club say they will formally review the Italian's performance when a Premier League season in which they ceded the trophy to Manchester United ends next week; behind the scenes a contract has already been placed before Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini.   According to sources close to the deal, Pellegrini has verbally agreed to take over from Mancini once City exercise a €4million clause in his contract with the Champions League quarter-finalists. “I don’t think any of us really want to leave Malaga,” said Pellegrini yesterday. “Everyone would prefer to stay but, unfortunately, the circumstances we are in don’t allow that.”   It i ...
European Headlines *Marouane Fellaini alerts Manchester United with Champions League dream admission *Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has confirmed his retirement for a second time. *Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini called the shock FA Cup Final loss to Wigan a ‘difficult’ moment as his side finished the season empty handed. *Roberto Martinez: Wigan FA Cup win is an incredible moment *Eden Hazard and John Terry injury doubts for Chelsea in Europa League final 1
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is reportedly closing in on a €40m (£33.8m) deal plus Edin Dzeko for Uruguayan hitman Edinson Cavani. The Daily Express claims the Napoli forward is high on Mancini's summer transfer wish-list, as the Italian looks to assemble a squad that can reclaim the Premier League title from arch-rivals Manchester United next term. Click link to read full story...
jose has ruled out replacing Alex Ferguson at Manchester United or ousting Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
Manchester City to face Chelsea or Manchester United in FA Cup semi- final The draw for the last four also hands Wigan, Blackburn or Millwall a chance to qualify for next season's Europa League, as well as a chance of making the Wembley final By Jay Jaffa Mar 10, 2013 6:42:00 PM Manchester City will face either Chelsea or Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Roberto Mancini's side confirmed their place in the last four with a commanding 5-0 thrashing of Barnsley on Saturday but will have to await the outcome of a replay after Chelsea came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday evening. After falling behind to first-half goals from Chicharito and Wayne Rooney, the FA Cup holders rallied, securing a replay thanks to strikes from Eden Hazard and Ramires. The other semi-final tie will see either Millwall or Blackburn Rovers meet Wigan. The Premier League side surprisingly defeated Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park, while the Championship outfits also face a replay after a 0-0 draw on ...
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has played down his chances of luring Wayne Rooney away from rivals Manchester United. Rooney's omission from United's starting line-up in the Champions League defeat by Real Madrid stirred up frenzied speculation about the striker's future, but manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists he will remain at Old Trafford. City were linked in the past with Rooney during his contract stand- off in 2010 and Mancini was asked whether he would test United's desire to keep the England international. But the Italian does not think he has a realistic chance of tempting Rooney to move across Manchester. "I think that Rooney is one of the best strikers in Europe but I think it is difficult he can leave Man Utd - I don't think (so)," he said. Mancini insists such minor fall- outs are commonplace in football and expects Rooney to quickly put his disappointment behind him. The Italian said: "I don't know. I don't know this situation. "I can understand maybe Rooney would be upset if he didn't p ...
BPL TOP 5 EXPENSIVE TEAMS: 1. Manchester City - £380m Manchester City spent a club record fee to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero in the summer of 2011 and, after an instrumental role in delivering the title in his first season with the club, the Argentine remains the most highly-valued player on the books at the Etihad Stadium. According to Transfermarkt, Aguero's present market value of £39.5 million places him at the top of Manchester City's rankings, although he is closely followed by fleet-footed Spaniard David Silva. City spent £25 million to acquire Silva from Valencia, and his value has soared since his arrival in Manchester, with the 27-year-old worth 54 percent more now than he was upon arrival almost three years ago. Manchester City have two other players valued in excess of £30 million in Yaya Toure (£31.5m) and Vincent Kompany (£31m), making Roberto Mancini's squad the most valued in the Premier League. 2. Manchester United - £370m On Friday, Sir Alex Fergu ...
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United's Champions League exit has made it harder for Manchester City to retain their Premier League title, the champions' manager Roberto Mancini said on Friday. Alex Ferguson's side, whose elimination by Real Madrid on Tuesday has left them with only domestic matters to focus on, had some unlikely supporters of their European campaign in Manchester City. "It's worse for us because I think now they put all their strength into the championship," Mancini, whose side trail United by 12 points, told a news conference. "I think for us it was better they stayed in the Champions League. They would have played an important game every three days, it is more difficult." Before the Manchester clubs get back to their league duel, they turn their attention to the FA Cup, with United hosting Chelsea in the quarter-finals on Sunday the day after City entertain Championship (second tier) Barnsley. Mancini will be without injured forward Sergio Aguero, who did not play in Monday ...
Manchester United fans shouldn't feel too sorry for themselves after Tuesday night's controversy, because good fortune often favours them when it comes to questionable red card decisions. Take, Vincent Kompany's sending off for Manchester City in their 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat on January 8, 2012. Nani was at the centre of the incident again, but this time on the receiving end of the tackle in question, which came in the 12th minute of the game, soon after Wayne Rooney had given United a valuable lead. Kompany's withdrawal effectively ended any hope Roberto Mancini's side had of coming back into the game, leaving the Citizens with over 75 minutes to play with ten men. Like if you agree!!
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Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir caused controversy last night when he sent off Manchester United winger Nani in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. United were 2-1 ahead on aggregate when Cakir deemed Nani's challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa to be a dangerous one. Come the full-time whistle, they were 3-2 down and out of the competition. Cakir has officiated games involving British teams before and history shows Nani is not the first player he has dismissed. Here, Press Association Sport looks at who else has been given an early bath by Cakir. Mario Balotelli - Manchester City v DYNAMO KIEV, 2011 Italy striker Balotelli was branded as "stupid" by manager Roberto Mancini for a studs-up kick into the chest of Goran Popov, leaving Cakir with little choice but to send him off. John Terry - CHELSEA v BARCELONA, 2012 One of the most famous nights in Chelsea's history - their Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona in the Nou Camp - ended without their captain. Terry was sent off two minutes after Ba ...
Carlos Tevez kept Manchester City's faint title hopes alive as the Argentine striker fired the champions to a 1-0 win at struggling Aston Villa on Monday night. Tevez struck on the stroke of half-time after Villa's Ciaran Clark gifted possession to Edin Dzeko in a dangerous area and the Bosnian set up his team-mate to beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan. That was enough to move Roberto Mancini's side back to 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester United, but City are still a long-shot to regain the Premier League crown they won so dramatically last season. Mancini conceded it would be hard to catch United, but he insisted his team would keep pushing Alex Ferguson's men right until the end of the season. "We know it will be difficult but we will keep on trying. It was important to stay 12 points behind United and for us the championship is not over," Mancini said. "We have to keep on winning and see. This is football, nothing is impossible. "We are playing well. We had good chances and Aston Villa are a good team. ...
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho feels that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world at the moment and "probably the best ever". Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United players not to become too fixated with Ronaldo in tonight's Champions League clash with Real Madrid at Old Trafford. Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris believes Sunday's trip to Liverpool will be tougher than last weekend's victory over Arsenal in the north London derby. Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, 21, is line for a free transfer switch London Jose Mourinho insists the 'whole world' will stop to watch Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight. Roberto Mancini saw Manchester City close the gap on leaders United to 12 points and insisted: "You just never know what might happen.'' Liverpool chief Ian Ayre insists owner John W Henry is not dragging the club towards a new cash crisis despite debt increasing to £87.2m. French left-back Patrice Evra, 31, is set to be offered ...
Latest Scores Played March 4, 2013 9:00 PM WAT Aston Villa 0 - 1 Man City Villa Park — Birmingham | Attendance: 33217 Referee: M. Dean Play by Play Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester City: Tevez punishes Clark error to keep visitors' slim title hopes alive The defender's slip proved costly as Roberto Mancini's side failed to impose their superiority with more but ground out the win to close the gap to 12 points at the top By Tom McKeown Mar 4, 2013 10:55:00 PM Aston Villa v Manchester City, Carlos Tevez Manchester City reduced the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester United back down to 12 points after grinding out a 1-0win at Aston Villa . A slip in midfield from Ciaran Clarkled to Carlos Tevez's opener in first-half stoppage time before Edin Dzeko saw his rebound fromYaya Toure's strike ruled out for offside. The result means that Paul Lambert's side remain in the bottom three, having only picked up one victory in their last 11 league matches. THE HERO AND THE VILLAIN TOP OF THE MATCH | Carlos Tevez The b ...
Roberto Mancini in for Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez has become unsettled by limited opportunities at Barcelona Mancini wanted to buy winger Sanchez after he caught the eye for Chile in the 2010 World Cup Finals. Sanchez, 24, preferred a £25million move to Barcelona but has become unsettled by limited opportunities. Manchester United had been credited with interest in the former Udinese forward, but it is their Premier League rivals who look set to make the first move with manager Roberto Mancini believing Sanchez would help City’s problems in wide areas. City have struggled for creativity from the flanks this year followingthe sale of Adam Johnson to Sunderland and Scott Sinclair’s failure to hold down a first-team berth following his move from Swansea City last summer. Without natural width, City have been predictable at times this season and Mancini is to make rectifying that a priority. Sanchez would certainly offer natural width and fit into the 4-3-3 formation which the club have used to good e ...
Backpass, March 4, Part 1 Roberto Mancini has called on Manchester City to use last week's victory over Chelsea as inspiration to keep the pressure on Manchester United when the champions travel to Aston Villa tonight. Mancini's team kept alive their slim title hopes with a 2-0 victory over Rafael Benitez's side last weekend, but United remain firmly in the driving seat after a 4-0 rout of Norwich on Saturday opened up a 15-point lead at the top. In the meantime, Mancini insists his players must get used to public criticism from him. The Italian had strong words to say about the performances of Samir Nasri and England keeper Joe Hart ahead of last weekend’s victory over Chelsea. And the Etihad chief, who takes his team to Aston Villa tonight, believes his highly-paid superstars should be able to take a few home truths on the chin. Most top managers steer away from slating their players in the media. But Mancini feels it is how to get them to take responsibility. QUESTION: Can public criticism by coaches ...
Manchester - Manchester City galvanised their grip on second place in the English Premier League and trimmed Manchester United's lead back to 12 points with a 2-0 victory at home to nearest rivals Chelsea on Sunday. After Chelsea's Frank Lampard had seen a penalty saved by England colleague Joe Hart, City prevailed through a pair of fine second-half goals from man-of-the-match Yaya Toure and substitute Carlos Tevez. Although City's chances of retaining their league title remain decidedly slender, they now have a seven-point advantage over Chelsea, who could slip to fourth if Tottenham Hotspur overcome West Ham United on Monday. Both City Manager Roberto Mancini and his Chelsea counterpart Rafael Benitez flooded their sides with midfielders at the Etihad Stadium, while Benitez opted to leave John Terry and Fernando Torres on thebench. City deployed Sergio Aguero as a lone striker and although he had to plough a lone furrow, it was the hosts who dominated the firsthalf. Visiting goalkeeper Petr Cech had to ...
The Chelsea goalkeeper reckons Sir Alex Ferguson's side already have one hand on the Premier League trophy, and that a total collapse is now the only thing that can stop them Petr Cech, a three-time Premier League champion, believes that only a "meltdown" can stop Manchester United from winning the title this season. Sir Alex Ferguson's side are currently protecting a 12-point advantage over rivals Manchester City, with only 12 games remaining in the season for Roberto Mancini to work his magic, like he did so dramatically last season. Despite players and backroom staff from both Manchester clubs insisting that the title race is still alive, the Czech Republic international believes that Manchester United are on course to win the Premier League title back from Manchester City. "It would need a meltdown from Manchester United for them not to win the league, it depends on them," the Chelsea goalkeeper told the Daily Mail. "It is a new situation for Manchester City, trying to defend the title. There are a lo ...
Well there is some Gossip today it's a bit silly but it's out there. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 26, and Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao, 27, in the summer. - Ha i don't think even City can spend upwards of £80million on two strikers funny thing this is on SkySports.com normally a pretty solid source for news. Roberto Mancini has criticised Samir Nasri's form and attitude this season and claims the 25-year-old Frenchman is playing at only 50% of his capabilities. - He's not wrong i wonder how Nasri will take this, for some players it might fire them up but for Nasri getting publicly slated might put him in a sulk :/ Mancini claims he would walk away from the club if they went three years without a trophy. - I don't think you would get the chance to walk Bobby :P Manchester United will offer defender Rio Ferdinand, 34, a testimonial that could earn him up to £2m, even if he leaves Old Trafford this summer. - Even as a City fan i wanted to go ...
Kwasi Appiah will travel to the United Kingdom after Ghana’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan in Kumasi on March 24, for a coaching attachment programme. Appiah will be on attachment for 21 days with English Premier League champions Manchester City, where he will understudy the coaching staff headed by Roberto Mancini, David Platt and Brian Kidd. This will be the second time Appiah would have had attachment at the Etihad Stadium. For Kidd, it would be another opportunity to mentor an African coach after he took Sam Arday under his wing when he was Assistant Manager of English giants Manchester United in 1996.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is determined not to fall for Manchester City's title kidology. As they attempt to close a 12-point gap that could have widened to 15 before they face Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, City have been keen to talk up the potential for Manchester United to drop points over the final 12 games. Their hope is sustained by the knowledge United blew an eight-point advantage in the space of just six matches last term and Roberto Mancini is confident it may happen again. But Sir Alex Ferguson said: "They are going on about us dropping points - but I would say the same thing to be honest. The fact of the matter is they will drop points too. It is unavoidable." Ferguson went on: "Teams drop points. It is a tough league. It is not easy winning all your games. At the moment we have a good momentum. The only thing we can do is try to win our next match and see where it takes us." Yet there is already half an eye turning towards that crucial Champions League second-leg enc ...
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: TOP Stories make the back-page headlines in UK;- Relations between the manager Roberto Mancini and his players hit a new low following Saturday's defeat by Southampton - and Joe Hart is likely to be dropped for Sunday's FA Cup tie with Leeds - (THE TIMES) England players and the FA answered paper's call to arms by giving £40,000 to help save stricken Paul Gascoigne's battle against alcoholism - (THE SUN) Manchester United's pursuit of striker Robert Lewandowski has suffered a double setback due to interest from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund's £25.5m price tag - (Daily Mail) Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are on alert after 21-year-old Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen rejected a new contract with Dutch champions Ajax - (Daily Mail) Liverpool are considering a summer move for Malaga's 28-year-old Chilean playmaker Manuel Itarra, who could be available for £3m - (Daily Express) Peter Schmeichel has claimed Jose Mourinho will never be the boss at Manchester United - ...
  Managerial league table 2012-13: Who leads the way?   Ever wondered how your favourite football club's boss would fare in a league table of managers? Has changing the man in charge made a difference to their fortunes this season?   A study by BBC Sport has analysed the number of points returned per game from each full-time managerial spell since the start of the season.   And while the top man, Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, may come as little surprise, there are some intriguing results elsewhere.   The successful reunion between Eddie Howe and Bournemouth accounts for second spot on the table. Malky Mackay, who has guided Cardiff to the top of the Championship, is next in the manager's list ahead of Manchester City's Roberto Mancini.   At the opposite end of the table, Mark Robson's spell at Barnet, where he collected just three points from 11 matches is the worst managerial spell this season and he is the only manager below Queens Park Rangers' former boss Mark Hughes.   The table also ...
SEVEN THINGS WE LEARNT AGAINST EVERTON. 1)THE Premier League WILL RETURN TO Old Trafford Although one would never like to admit that a competition is indeed over three months prior to its official crescendo, it’s pretty much a certainty that Manchester United’s time away from Premier League glory will come to an end this season.With 26 games gone and a 12-point gap now separating the Red Devils from second-place Manchester City, it would take something of a spectacular fall for the Red Devils to spoil their bid now considering that in those first 26 matches, United have dropped just 13 points. "12 points is too much at the moment"- Roberto Mancini. 2)THERE IS ONLY ONE SIR Ryan Giggs. After opening the scoring against Everton, Ryan Giggs extended his run of claiming a goal in every Premier League season in history, netting for the 23rd consecutive campaign.Putting it frankly, never will a player eclipse some of the Manchester United legend’s achievements in this sport, which now rank near mythical te ...
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-Sir Alex Ferguson: "Our memories of last season are I think it did cost us the league, [we were] 4-2 up with seven to eight minutes to go." -Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic believes goalkeeper David De Gea has the ability to succeed at the club and tipped the Spaniard to improve over time. -Everton manager David Moyes believes his side have a better chance of winning at Manchester United on Sunday than at any other stage during his reign at the Toffees. -Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accused his players of showing a lack of strength and personality after the 3-1 loss at Southampton. -The Football Times revealed that Roman Abramovich has made the first move to keep Lampard at Chelsea. -Roberto Mancini: "It's the worst result in two or three years. We have a 10% chance of winning the title." -Rafa Benitez on CFC goalscorer Frank Lampard: "He's doing well. I said before: hopefully he can score 20 goals & I will be really pleased" - Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has signed a new long-term ...
Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City are stronger than both Manchester United and Chelsea, and he is hoping that the Red Devils remain in the Champions League as long as possible.
Roberto Mancini will be cheering Manchester United to Champions League success against Real Madrid next week - but only because it willgive Manchester City more chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title. What Do You Think?? • Sam •
Manchester City - Southampton Preview: Southampton will hope their relegation resistance can be extended for yet another match, when champions Manchester City visit on Saturday. Despite the shock sacking of boss Nigel Adkins, the Saints have continued their resurgence up the table with nine points in their past eight Premier League matches. They have either taken something from their past nine in all competitions or led in those they have lost, meaning there is always a chance Southampton are going to be competitive when they take to the pitch. That streak of sorts will be put to a tough test, though, when City come to St Mary's - and nothing short of three points will be Roberto Mancini's requirement to keep the champions in the race to defend their title. More dropped points would all but spell the end of what looks like an unlikely comeback in the league race, with rivals Manchester United some nine points clear at the top. There is no less than 29 points between the two sides in the table, but that wi ...
Today Morning Paper Talk Frank Lampard fired England to famous victory then claimed Roy Hodgson's side can beat any team in the world. Luis Suarez admits he may quit Liverpool if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season. Sir Alex Ferguson is auditioning Benfica's Ezeqiel Garay to become Manchester United's next big money cntre-half - Daily Mirror. Roy Hodgson hailed his heroes as he became the only England manager to boast a 100per cent record against Brazil. Yaya Toure last night warned bitter rivals Manchester United: The title race is far from over - THE SUN. England showed off some samba style of their own to score a stunning win at Wembley last night. Roberto Mancini will face a battle with 10 European giants this summer for the signature of Edinson Cavani - Daily Star. Frank Lampard was the Wembley hero last night as he fired England to euphoric win over Brazil's superstars - Daily Mail. Frank Lampard believe that Jack Wilshere's performance in England's impressive 2-1 victory again ...
THE title is slipping away from Manchester City. The one they waited 44 years to lift. The one the big money from Abu Dhabi, the management of Roberto Mancini and magic of his players wrestled across town. Now, bit by bit, the defence of it is being picked apart. The relentless onslaught of Manchester United is proving too much. The Red Devils have dropped four points from their last 39 — City have just dropped four in six days. The gap is now nine to a United side who have their best points total ever at this stage of a Premier League season. Put simply, Alex Ferguson’s men would have to lose three of their last 13 and City win every one of theirs for it to even come down to goal difference. The fact that United managed to let an eight-point lead slip in the final six games of last season will mean there is still hope. But United are better than last season and City are not. This was a brilliant game with two brilliant second-half goals from first Steven Gerrard to give Liverpool the lead and then Se ...
Manchester City - Liverpool Preview: Mancini's men look to claw back seven-point gap at the top- The hosts fell further behind league leaders Manchester United in midweek and face a Reds side who need a win to boost their hopes of Champions League qualification. The game is likely to have come too soon for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (calf), while the same can be said about Micah Richards (knee) who is edging closer to a return. Brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure remain on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast, meaning Roberto Mancini is unlikely to make too many changes. Phillip Coutinho could feature from the bench on Sunday after completing his switch from Inter whilst Jose Reina (hip) is set to continue in goal after returning against Arsenal in midweek. Andre Wisdom will probably continue at right-back despite the probable return of Jose Enrique, with Glen Johnson filling in at left-back despite his battles with a hamstring strain. Martin Kelly (knee) is a long-term absentee, and is only ...
West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has been told not to return to training until next week. The 31-year-old tried to force a move to QPR on transfer deadline day. Odemwingie arrived at Loftus Road but West Brom said no fee had been agreed and he was not free to discuss personal terms. Sir Alex Ferguson has denied a Football Association charge over comments he made about an official after Manchester United's Premier League game at Spurs. The Manchester United boss, 71, accused assistant referee Simon Beck of failing to give Wayne Rooney a "clear" penalty. The FA asked Ferguson to explain his comments and charged him on Tuesday. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could be out of action for another three weeks, according to manager Roberto Mancini. Kompany, 26, limped out of last week's FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke with a calf strain and missed the 0-0 draw at QPR in the Premier League on Tuesday. The Belgium centre-back will miss Sunday's clash with Liverpool and next week's trip to Southampton
Manchester City’S Cup win over Stoke in 2011 was the day when Roberto Mancini got ‘hungry’ for glory. Their Wembley success got the City bandwagon well and truly rolling. And if they go on to win the trophy again this season, this could be just as important a victory for boss Mancini. That success two seasons ago was City’s first trophy in 34 years and a victory that kick-started the Sheikh Mansour era. But this season, the famous competition could once again play a key role. City have no European football to look forward to with their Champions League ambitions shelved for another year. And despite an unbeaten start to 2013 — they have yet to concede a goal — City trail Manchester United by five points in the League. They are certainly taking it seriously. OK, Joe Hart was rested and Mario Balotelli did not travel to the Potteries as he was ill. But Mancini meant business. When skipper Vincent Kompany limped off with a calf strain just after the half hour mark it took SEVEN minutes of discuss ...
Alex Ferguson last night hit out at the decision to overturn Vincent Kompany’s red card. He believes the FA have opened a can of worms after Manchester City captain Kompany was sent off for a flying tackle on Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere — only for an appeals panel to deem it not dangerous. Kompany’s three-match ban was rescinded and now Manchester United manager Ferguson believes that a precedent has been set for every red card for a tackle to be appealed. Fergie said: “It does open the door but that’s their problem. But they will probably turn them all down now. “I’m not going to go into it. Anything I say will be regarded as bias towards our immediate opponents or friendly neighbours.” In contrast, City Manager Roberto Mancini welcomed the FA decision to over-rule ref Mike Dean — but has told Kompany to cool his tackling to avoid more red cards. The Italian, delighted that Kompany can face Fulham today, said: “I am very pleased because I think it is correct. The referee managed the gam ...
Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United are not a one-Van team. Robin Van Persie, 29, has made a stunning start to his Old Trafford career, scoring 21 goals including 10 in his last 10 games. But boss Fergie reckons United are not overly reliant on the Dutchman. The Scot said: “I don’t go along with the idea we have become a one-man team. “There was a time in our history when one man did carry us for a while. Eric Cantona kept us in contention with his goals when a few others were off the boil. “But things are quite different now. “Javier Hernandez has weighed in with 12 goals while Wayne Rooney is currently on nine. “Two defenders, Johnny Evans and Patrice Evra, have chipped in with eight between them so it doesn’t stand up to see us as a one-man band overly dependent on Van Persie, brilliant as he has been at both making and taking goals.” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said earlier this month that missing out on signing Van Persie could cost his side the title. And Fergie agree ...
Carlos Tevez says Roberto Mancini's praise for Manchester United's Robin Van Persie is motivation for the City s...
To hear the Sun on Sunday tell it, Roberto Mancini is the dead man walking on the City sideline (as reported by uk.eurosport.yahoo.com). Pep Guardiola is returning to managing, and the story in the Sun on Sunday quotes "a top source in Spanish football" as stating definitively that "it is 100 percent certain that Guardiola is going to City this summer." And yes, the report says "this summer." But Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League last spring, and then a brief run of bad form suddenly cost him his job at Chelsea. Ten points behind Manchester United entering play against Arsenal, Mancini's job security could not fairly be called "airtight." In the face of that report, Mancini's men (for now at least) played at the Emirates like a side that wants to keep the old man around. The Sky Blues had the better of play even in the short interval before the day turned dire for Arsenal on home turf. City ultimately claimed a 2-0 result through tallies from James Milner and Edin Dzeko. Gunners fans will doubtle ...
THE 37-year itch is over with Manchester City winning their first league match at Arsenal since 1975. But far more important to Roberto Mancini than the 2-0 scoreline is the fact the title race is still open. Manchester United may be seven points clear at the top but Mancini would have more than settled for that before kick-off. Earlier, he had seen Alex Ferguson’s side stretch the lead to 10 points with their 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Needless to say, Robin Van Persie gave United a first-half lead with his 21st league goal of the season before a Patrice Evra header glanced off Nemanja Vidic’s forehead eight minutes after the break to seemingly wrap it up. But a late Liverpool rally in which Daniel Sturridge pulled one back saw United fans on tenterhooks before Ferguson’s team just about got over the line. It was a strange, curious United performance — almost as if they were playing in reverse. Normally they take time to get into their stride and impose both their will and all-consuming power on ...
LONDON - Roberto Mancini has challenged his Manchester City stars to end the club’s woeful run at Arsenal as the Premier League champions fight to hold onto their title. Mancini’s side head to north London knowing they will be 10 points behind leaders Manchester United by the time they kick-off at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday if their bitter rivals defeat Liverpool in the day’s early match. That would be an almost insurmountable gap even for a team of City’s class but, if history is anything to go by, there is every chance Mancini’s men will be in exactly that position by full-time. City have not won at Arsenal in the league for 37 years and were beaten 1-0 there in their last visit in April. But Mancini is convinced City, who have looked some way short of their best for much of the season, can rewrite the history books with a rare victory on Arsenal turf. “To play against Arsenal in London is very difficult because they play very, very well,” Mancini said. “There have been a lot ...
Carlos Tevez says manager Roberto Mancini has fired up his strikers by praising Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie.
Carlos Alberto Tévez is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Manchester City. He has previously played for Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham United and Manchester United. He transferred to Manchester City from United in the 2009 summer transfer window, becoming the first player to move between the two rival clubs since Terry Cooke in 1999. His energy and goal scoring rate has since made him an indispensable player for the club in the eyes of fellow players and media alike. He was promoted to captain at the beginning of the 2010–11 season by manager Roberto Mancini.
some nice rumours for you guys... Roberto Mancini has privately confessed that he cannot change Mario Balotelli and Manchester City will now look to sell the Italian striker. QPR are looking to hijack Villa's move for centre-back Joleon Lescott with an £8million bid. Tottenham are willing to sell midfielders Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone. Paris Saint-Germain are ready to bid for Cristiano Ronaldo – and dash Manchester United's hopes of a reunion with their former star. Arsene Wenger is ready to use cash generated by his winter clear-out at Arsenal to fund a January push to sign Barcelona striker David Villa. Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is 'dying' to move home to Argentina - and specifically to boyhood club San Lorenzo - says his father. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in Blackburn defender Martin Olsson. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli's training-ground tackle that so enraged him on Thursday was so bad it would have brought TWO red cards ...
Ferguson Slams City For Paparazzi Involvement - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has made the most of yesterday's training ground bust-up between Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini.
Can Mancini retain his job? by Sunday Oliseh 03/04/2012, 09:49 Roberto Mancini, manager of the world’s richest club, Manchester City, is definitely having sleepless nights these days! Why? His job and future as manager of this, now world renowned club, is threatened to say the least! Manchester City lie second in the Premier League, 5 points behind eternal Rivals Manchester united. Thanks to their 3-3 home draw vs. Sunderland whilst Manchester United came off at Blackburn with a 0-2 victory. Who could have thought this possible just a few months ago when City lead the pack, at one point with as much as 9 points! Man City is arguably littered with world class players, bought expensively and in large numbers. The players who sit on the bench of this team are easily regulars in most teams around the world today. Sami Nasri (ex Arsenal) Carlos Tevez, Dzeko just to name a few! It boasts of talented players like Silva, Ballotelli, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Sami Nasri , Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and ...
Manchester City lose Yaya Touré early for Africa Cup of Nations • Roberto Mancini frustrated as Ivory Coast demand release • Midfielder, Kolo Touré and Abdul Razak to miss Watford game Roberto Mancini, who is battling to claw back Manchester United's seven-point lead over Manchester City as he tries to retain the title, now has to overcome the loss of Yaya Touré for up to six weeks due to Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) duty. Touré, plus his brother Kolo and Abdul Razak, a squad player, are all now missing from Mancini's plans as they leave for a meeting with the Ivory Coast that was a surprise as the Italian manager thought they would depart after Saturday's FA Cup third-round visit of Watford. Perhaps significantly for the destination of this season's championship, United are one of only five clubs who will have no players absent when the remainder leave for the tournament, an exodus expected to start following the weekend's FA Cup action. If the participation of Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebyor ...
Ferguson salutes strike duo Sir Alex Ferguson was thrilled with Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez after Manchester United's 4-0 hammering of Wigan. Both strikers bagged a brace in a routine Premier League victory, with Van Persie turning in another superb performance. Both Ferguson and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini feel the Dutchman is the key man in this season's title race - and Van Persie offered more evidence with a virtuoso display. "We knew we were getting a top player who would make a difference to the team," said Ferguson. "That is why we went for him. "Robin is a completely rounded footballer. He has great international experience, he's played for Arsenal for seven years and he came to us at the very peak of his career. "His ability to make and take goals is fantastic. His play for his first goal was absolutely magnificent, his turn, his balance, no drawback, just side footed it in. It was a really good goal." Hernandez took his own tally to 12, just eight short of his stellar first se ...
English Premier League Manchester City 3 (Zabaleta 43, Dzeko 56, Aguero pen 74) Stoke City 0 -By Tom Adams {EUROSPORT} 01-01-2013 Manchester City remain seven points behind leaders Manchester United after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium. Close-range finishes from Pablo Zabaleta and Edin Dzeko put City in firm control before Sergio Aguero completed the scoring with a penalty that was awarded despite Steven Nzonzi fouling David Silva outside the box after 73 minutes. However, Roberto Mancini's side lost the game's outstanding attacker, Aguero, to what appeared to be a hamstring injury, taking the shine off a fourth win in five games that keeps them in touch with their local rivals. Ryan Shawcross returned from suspension to strengthen the Premier League's meanest defence. For Manchester City, meanwhile, Samir Nasri started a three-game ban and was replaced by James Milner, with Joleon Lescott also in for Matija Nastasic. Dzeko retained his place after scoring twice against No ...
Roberto Mancini admits Robin Van Persie gives Manchester United the edge in the race for the Premier League title! Find out more here: [from GMF]
'Ferguson may sack the whole Manchester United team if we let City catch us,' laughs Evra. The Frenchman revealed thatthe dressing room was the happiest it has been all season after the last-minute win over Newcastle, suggesting that they cannot give up the title again. Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has joked that Sir Alex Ferguson may well sack the whole team should they surrender their seven-point Premier League lead over Manchester City, as they did last term. The Red Devils were eight points clear of their local rivals with just five games left on the calendar last season, but Roberto Mancini's men fought back to secure the title in dramatic style in the final minute of their final game. This time around Sir Alex's men have stretched an early lead to seven points, with a late goal handing them victory in a thrilling encounter with Newcastle on Boxing Day, while City were defeated away at Sunderland for the second successive year. The France international was relieved to pull off the victory ...
Manchester United are seven clear in the Premier League. Reaction from Sir Alex Ferguson to the 4-3 win over Newcastle. We also hear from a disappointed Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp reflects on another loss for QPR. We've live updates too on the tea-time kick-off as Aston Villa play host to Tottenham. www.skysports.com/radio
We are asking all of our experts to give us their picks of 2012. Here Paul Parker reviews the year in football. Best Match Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United. There hasn't been a bigger game in the Premier League given the context of the battle between the two sides and everything that went with the match. It was topped off by a last-gasp winner from Robin Van Persie as well to provide real drama. Best Moment Lionel Messi breaking Gerd Mueller's record. He proved that size isn't everything in football. Messi is a proper street player who was born to play the game, and he has gone on to become the very best in the world. It's not just scoring goals, but his assists as well. Cristiano Ronaldo isn't anywhere near as natural as Messi is and every Dad wants their son to grow up to be like the Barcelona forward - who still smiles when he plays the game. Funniest Moment There haven't been any stand-out moments of hilarity really but I did enjoy the touchline row between Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini i ...
-Manchester City star James Milner believes his side can harness the pressure mounting on their defence of the Premier League title. Roberto Mancini's men currently lie six points behind city rivals Manchester United - and rumours of divisions within the squad have spread since the 3-2 derby defeat on 9 December. -MI
Having lost last weekend's Manchester Derby, champions City need to get back to winning ways against the Magpies or they run the risk of being nine points behind rivals Manchester United by the end of the weekend. Recent history bodes well for Roberto Mancini's side though as last year they won this fixture 2-0. In contrast, hosting Newcastle require the points to ease any relegation fears. This time last year they were challenging for a Champions League place but as it stands, they are just two points away from the relegation zone. Can they spring an upset today Another talking point from the City bench is the fact that Lescott is on it and. not in the team. There must have been a falling out between the England international and his manager. Lescott and Kompany were one of the major reasons why City won the title last seas on and now he barely features. Even when Kompany is injured he can't get a game. Newcastle subs: Elliot, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier Man City ...
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has questioned Mark Clattenburg's decision to report Gareth Barry for foul language after last weekend's 3-2 defeat by Manchester United.
This could be a bit of a boost for us today!! Roberto Mancini has given captain Vincent Kompany a "two per cent" chance of being fit for Manchester City's match with Newcastle United on Sunday. The Belgian limped out of the derby defeat to Manchester United after suffering a hamstring strain during the first half. He returned to City training on Friday but is almost certain to miss the trip to St James' Park. Kolo Toure was his replacement against the Red Devils and either he or Joleon Lescott will deputise if Kompany is unavailable as expected.
TODAY NEWSPAPER Arsenal hope to beat Manchester United in a £15m battle to sign Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling. Anfield talks have stalled over a new contract for the England teenager - THE SUN Wayne Rooney has vowed to make Sunderland pay for their supporters mocking Manchester United's title loss last season - THE TIMES France playmaker Samir Nasri is battling a severe migraine problem which caused him to miss training at Manchester City this week - THE SUN Reports also suggest Roberto Mancini has fallen out with the midfielder after blaming him for Manchester United's winner at The Etihad - THE SUN Manchester City have accused Mark Clattenburg of winding up Gareth Barry. Barry recieved a one-match ban for swearing at the official at the end of the Manchester Derby - Daily Mirror Manchester City will present a stern test for Uefa's new financial fair play rules when they come into force for the 2014/15 season after the club announced a loss of £97.9m for the last financial year - THE GUARDIAN Refere ...
Newcastle v Man City PREVIEW City are a best priced 8/11 to win with Paddy Power and Newcastle are as big as 24/5 with Stan James, while BetVictor and Ladbrokes offer the best price of 3/1 on the draw. Roberto Mancini's side need to win here to get their Premier League title hopes back on track following last weekend’s last gasp defeat against arch rivals Manchester United, and they will be heartened by their recent record against the Magpies. They beat Alan Pardew’s team 2-0 in this fixture last season and it’s been 14 matches since Newcastle have beaten City. With that in mind some of the big hitting odds-on punters may want to back 'Man City / Draw no bet' at best odds of 2/7 with BetVictor. First goalscorer bets should centre around Demba Ba and Carlos Tevez. Ba has scored five goals in his last six matches at St James’s Park, while Tevez has scored four goals in his last six games against Newcastle. Backing Tevez to score first with Ladbrokes at 9/2 is one way to play this, as if Demba Ba end ...
Joe Hart in bust-up with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, Asmir Begovic flattered by Manchester United and Arsenal's interest, Chelsea's Petr Cech and more
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart told Carlos Tevez to leave the wall ahead of Robin Van Persie's winner for Manchester United on Sunday, it has been revealed. City Manager Roberto Mancini was bemused by the sight of Tevez leaving his position next to Samir Nasri, in what had been a four-man wall, before Van Persie struck his free-kick. In a heated dressing-room inquest, Hart is understood to have told Mancini that he told Tevez to move as he could not see. Hart's view was that Nasri was in a perfect position to block Van Persie's shot and would have done so had he not then moved out of the way.
Chelsea already have four Brazilian’s in their side – David Luiz, Oscar, Lucas Paizon and Ramires – and appear keen on adding to that number by targeting Paulinho in January. Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo appeared to have singled out the 23-year-old as his main target in January, and according to reports that remains the case under new boss Rafa Benitez. Now according to the Mirror Chelsea may face competition from Manchester City after boss Roberto Mancini reportedly identified Paulinho as the man to help his side’s ailing title defence. The Citizens sit six points adrift of rivals Manchester United after their 3-2 defeat against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side on Sunday.
Mancini wants a Brazilian: City boss hopes £12m Paulinho can revive title chances Corinthians attacking midfielder who could face Chelsea in this week's Club World Cup is a January target for the champions - watch him in action here Roberto Mancini wants his Manchester City bosses to sign Brazilian star Paulinho in the transfer window. Mancini has asked his money-men to finance a move for the midfield dynamo, who's set to play for Corninthians in the Club World Cup this week, and hopes to do a deal at around £12 million. The Italian thinks he needs fresh legs in midfield, where his side have been relying on Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry, with Nigel De Jong sold in the summer and replacement Javi Garcia failing to make an impact. In addition, Toure could be absent at the Africa Cup of Nations next month, stretching City's squad during a vital period of the title campaign and handing leaders and neighbours Manchester United even more of an advantage. Mancini, who watched City lose to United on Sunday to fal ...
"Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini flew into a dressing-room rage after the 3-2 derby defeat to Manchester United, directing most of his anger at Joe Hart, Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez" When I saw this News Paper headline it angers me cause you WIN as a team you LOSE as a team. You can't blame certain players their is no I in Team. And Most about all Mancini should blame HIMSELF after all he is the manager of the team and didn't make the right choices. Typical Mancini blames anyone and everyone but himself. Pathetic. What a SORE loser. [Sarah]
Manchester City want Pep Guardiola to name his price. The Daily Star Sunday says Roberto Mancini is a dead man walking after his second disastrous Champions League campaign in a row. His men face Manchester United in today’s big derby at the Etihad. But the club’s Abu Dhabi owners are already scheming to replace him. They want Former Barcelona boss Guardiola and are willing to meet any demands he may have to take the job next summer. Sporting director Txiki Begiristain is expected to meet Guardiola’s agent, Jose Maria Orobigt, next week to discuss the job. City hope Guardiola’s friendship with Begiristain, which goes back to their playing days together, could help swing the deal – and they have been told to expect an answer next month. Orobigt said: “I have had many meetings with clubs and there are more planned. Pep Guardiola has many offers but his choice is up to him. -biz-
Non Chelsea city vs united Manchester City - Roberto Mancini: "They can [afford to] lose, we cannot." Manchester City playmaker David Silva (hamstring) could return for Sunday's match. Midfielder James Milner (hamstring) and left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) are also hoping to prove their fitness while midfielder Yaya Toure returns to the team after his midweek European suspension. Defender Aleksandar Kolarov (ankle) has been ruled out of the clash, leaving him on the sidelines with right-back Micah Richards (knee). Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, K Toure, Nastasic, Nasri, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Silva, Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli, Dzeko. Manchester United - Sir Alex Ferguson: "It's going to be close between the two of us. It'll be difficult to think that we would collapse and another team get in." Sir Alex Ferguson is waiting on the results of a scan on Tom Cleverley's calf injury before finalising his Manchester United side on Sunday. Antonio V ...
Preview: City vs United, Fight Position Peak Game titled Manchester Derby between Manchester City and Manchester United will be presented on the weekend of the 16 Premier League in order to fight the top position. After crashing out of the European tournament, practical concentration City will be concentrated in the domestic league. In the match on Sunday, The Citizens will be featured heavily in the fight that took place at Etihad Stadium in order to eliminate the difference in points between the two teams. However, the City's intention was a little bothered by the injury storm. Micah Richards (knee) and James Milner (hamstring) likely will miss this important match. David Silva is another player who likely will also miss this match. However, coach Roberto Mancini could be replaced by Javi Garcia to play more defensively. Good news came from Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov, and Jack Rodwell who gradually recovered and was able to play in this match. Kubu United, not without problems. Anderson hamstring a ...
Roberto Mancini will gamble on the fragile temper of Mario Balotelli for the Manchester Derby. Sources close to the Manchester City manager indicated that he will start with Balotelli up front, partnered by Sergio Aguero. The source said: 'Mancini is going for the pairing he believeswill cause most damage to United if they arein form.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has insisted that he enjoys playing in the intense atmosphereof a derby match. Roberto Mancini's side host Manchester United on Sunday when the fierce rivals resume hostilities at the Etihad. Toure believes that the pressure of performing in a high-stakes match brings out the best in him but causes some to buckle. He told The Sun: "Some guys get stressed but it's water off a duck's back to me. The eyes of the football world will be centred on Manchester and that suits me fine. These are games I love because it is a challenge against a strong team." "I enjoy the pressure and everything that goes with it. We have a mentality that we will not be beaten on our own pitch." City are aiming to protect an unbeaten home record that stretches back for more than two years.
Former Manchester Utd winger Kanchelskis thinks the Red Devils will overcome the Citizens... Andrei Kanchelskis believes United will come out on top in a battle with another of his former sides in Sunday's Manchester Derby. The winger terrorised defences after Sir Alex raided Shakhtar Donetsk for his services in 1991 and was a key member of the first-ever Reds team to do the Double three years later. Currently assistant coach at Volga Nizhniy Novgorod, the 43-year-old still keeps tabs on the Barclays Premier League and is confident that United can avenge last term's defeats to Roberto Mancini's champions. "I still watch United on TV and always try to do that when they play," Kanchelskis told ManUtd.com. "Every year, Manchester United have a strong team with strong coaches as well as the history and the atmosphere. "I hope United win and I think they will because I remember last season when they lost 6-1 at Old Trafford and 1-0 away from home. Now it's a New Year, a new championship and a New Season and I ...
HARD TACKLE The Manchester Derby is here this Sunday and should be as exciting as ever with both Manchester clubs vying for a spot at the top of the tables. United lead the current Champions by three points after 15 games and can extend that lead to six with a win. A home win for Manchester City would tighten the race and perhaps allow others to close in on the top two. In the mean time, Man United coach, Alex Ferguson has told his senior players to get their act together. Manchester United had already qualified for the last 16 but lost to minnows Cluj 1-0 last night at Old Trafford ahead of Sunday’s derby at neighbours City. United head to the Etihad after only a second defeat in 37 home Champions League games. The Red Devils were already assured of topping Group H before going down to the Romanians. And coach of City, Roberto Mancini knows they need to regroup after their dismal Champions League exit and loss to Borussia Dortmund. City managed to rack up the lowest point total from any English side ev ...
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Mancini unfazed by Mourinho speculation Roberto Mancini has declared that he is under "no pressure" at Manchester City and is not worried that Jose Mourinho has been linked with his job. The Real Madrid coach's agent Jorge Mendes recently met with City's new director of football Txiki Begiristain, prompting renewed speculation about Mancini's future. City failed to reach the last 16 of the Champions League, one of their targets for the season, but Mancini, who signed a lucrative five-year contract in the summer, insists he still has the full support of owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak. Mourinho replaced Mancini as Inter Milan manager in 2008 and the Italian believes the Portuguese's representatives are touting him around. "All this is not important for me," he told British Sunday newspapers. "I have been used to all this. "I have read Mourinho is going to Paris St Germain, then Inter Milan, another day it's Manchester City, another day Manchester United, another day Chelsea. "He is wo ...
Pep Guardiola believes Roman Abramovich is too 'trigger-happy' as Chelsea's owner to offer him the security he wants when he returns to management Next Year, according to sources close to the Former Barcelona coach. - Read More Also: Stuart Lancaster's autumn of discontent looks set to get even worse after first-choice playmaker Toby Flood suffered a serious toe injury that looks certain to rule him out of next week's clash with New Zealand. - Read More THE SUN ON SUNDAY Harry Redknapp watched his new QPR players get thumped at Old Trafford, then insisted: 'I can save them - and win the FA Cup.' Also: Pep Guardiola is ready to snub Chelsea because he wants to boss Manchester United. And: Roberto Mancini revealed that he tried to sign Fernando Torres before the striker's £50million move from Liverpool to Chelsea. Sunday Mirror Harry Redknapp wants David Beckham to join his QPR revolution. Also: Jonny Evans was the goal king who inspired another United fightback...Angry Arsenal fans turned on Arsene Wenger ...
Am enjoying the recent drama going on in EPL (English Premier League) sacking of incompetent or failed coaches depend on what you decide to call it, Roberto Di Matteo was sack as Chelsea Manager and Mark Hughes was also sack as Queens Park Rangers Manager. Guess who is next? I guess it’s the turn of Roberto Mancini of Manchester City FC, kudos to Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal FC for keeping their job for several years till date.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa Manchester City are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, and haven’t lost at home in the top flight in 35 matches, a run that started with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa in December 2010. Mario Balotelli has four goals in two Premier League games against Aston Villa, and six in four appearances in all competitions against them. Joleon Lescott has scored more goals against Villa (five) than against any other Premier League side. Penalties are a common occurrence in this fixture, with five spot-kicks awarded in their last eight meetings. City have scored in every one of their last 37 Premier League home games. Roberto Mancini’s side have won 14 points from losing positions this season; only Manchester United (15) have recovered more. Before their last away league game – a 1-0 win at Sunderland – Paul Lambert’s side had gone 13 Premier League away games without a win.
MAKING HEADLINES!!! •Danny Welbeck will get his chance to make his mark for Manchester United, says manager Sir Alex FergusonWayne Rooney remains injury doubt for Manchester United while Robin Van Persie fit to face Norwich •Roberto Mancini says Man City not interested in buying Luis Suarez or anyone else in January transfer window •Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says club need 'few doctors' as host of players battle to be fit for Spurs contest •Roberto Di Matteo hints at Radamel Falcao interest by admitting Chelsea may need to strengthen attack
According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger is considering making a major change from a back four and a 4-3-3 variant formation to a back three. The Daily Mail report says that Wenger wanted to make the change before Arsenal's trip to Schalke following a fairly abject defensive performance against Manchester United, but decided against it based on the lack of time there would be to prepare. Playing a back three would allow Wenger to get all of Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen into the side, and would also give license to Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs, as wing backs, to join into the attack with less fear about leaving space behind on the counter attack. And while playing three at the back has gotten a bad rap because of Roberto Mancini's fiddling about with it at Manchester City, a switch to three at the back was crucial to their comeback against Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend; Tottenham couldn't deal with Maicon's overlaps.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United have enough attacking firepower to avoid losing successive Premier League titles on goal difference. And he reckons Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney will both score 20 goals plus - in addition to the contribution of current top-scorer Robin Van Persie. United lost the title last season to Manchester City's superior goals tally. Ferguson insists United have a balanced strike force, and said: "I don't expect us to lose on goal difference again." Van Persie has scored 11 goals in 14 matches in all competitions since his summer move from Arsenal - but Ferguson believes United have not become over-dependant on him. "I don't think it's a problem relying on Robin," he said. "The way Javier has started this season, I'm certain he will get to 20 goals plus. "Wazza will get there too, he'll get 20 goals plus I'm sure. It's a healthy combination we've got there." Champions City scored 93 goals to United's 89 last season, while Roberto Mancini's men also conceded four few ...
Wayne Rooney is the only British player to be named on Fifa's 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist for 2012's best player. Rooney's Manchester United team-mate Robin Van Persie joins Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli on the list, as does 2011 winner, Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Premier League bosses Roberto Mancini, Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Di Matteo are on the Coach of the Year list. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on 7 January 2013. The shortlist will be narrowed down to three names for each category on 29 November. Player nominees: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid/Spain), Mario Balotelli (Manchester City/Italy), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona/Spain), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid/Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua/Ivory Coast), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid/Colombia), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain/Swe ...
True story. Alan Shearer certainly didn’t mince his words when he put pen to paper in this morning’s Sun: “Have I missed something over the last two months? Have Manchester City slipped into a relegation battle and Roberto Mancini forgotten the art of management. There are plenty of things in this game that leave me shaking my head. But the criticism and questioning of Mancini and his methods over this past week have almost made me pull a muscle in my neck. So I have done a bit of checking and, yes, he did deliver the club’s first trophy in 35 years with the FA Cup. Yep, he won the league too, the first time City had done that in 44 years. There is also a Community Shield thrown in there after beating Chelsea —playing three at the back by the way. They are currently on a 15-game unbeaten league run dating back to last season. But the results in Europe have not been what people would have wanted. Just look how long it took Manchester United to do so and be successful in the competition. City will ...
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