Mancini: United wanted it

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that Manchester United showed showed a better attitude to win the title after missing out last season.

Last Updated: 23/04/13 at 15:12 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Says Manchester United's attitude was the difference in the

Roberto Mancini: Says Manchester United's attitude was the difference in the

Having been pipped to top spot by City in 2012, United have been the more consistent side this term and will be confirmed as champions on Monday if they beat Aston Villa.

City failed to narrow the 13-point gap on Sunday as they went down to a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, and Mancini concedes that his players have perhaps not been as hungry as United.

He said: "Yes, United had a better attitude because they lost the title last year.

The reason there is a gap like today? Probably there is more attitude, they wanted it.

"They started the season and they wanted to win after last year. There are many reasons why we lose but I repeat, they deserve to win it.

"They are not a better team but they deserve to win this title because we lost a lot of points in games we probably didn't deserve to lose.

"But United won a lot of games in a row with goals and deserve to win the title.

"They bought some new players in the summer and they scored a lot of goals. They conceded a lot of goals but they scored more. It is important."

City still have a chance to end the season with some silverware after making it through to an FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic, but Mancini admits there will be a sense of regret at the Etihad Stadium.

Mancini added: "I'm not happy with the season because I want always the maximum.

"But we have another chance to win the FA Cup and I think the FA Cup is important. And we can be in second position.

"If that's not good enough all the other managers should be sacked as well."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Transfer news: Fernando Torres heads back to Atletico Madrid on loan until end of next season

Fernando Torres is to return to Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Simon Mignolet: I'll take positives from losing Liverpool spot and come back stronger

Simon Mignolet says a recent spell out of the Liverpool side could end up having a positive effect on his career.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property