Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray was talking exclusively to Mancunian Matters….
The thing about Man City is it’s very difficult to be sympathetic to a team that has spent as much money as they have.
Roberto Mancini has been saying that he doesn’t have enough players to put a team out for the FA Cup tie against Man United at the weekend, which many people find staggering.
They have people suspended, they have people injured and they have people away, like the Toure brothers at the African Cup of Nations, so when you take them all out of the equation, their big squad gets decimated a bit.
But they’ve more than enough quality to cope.
I’ve always said that they were the team to beat this year and they still are. Mancini has changed their style from last year’s pragmatism to this year, where they have a freedom to attack and have scored buckets of goals.
Their win against Liverpool was a good recovery from a minor blip, but I never doubted that they’d bounce back from their defeat at Sunderland.
On another day they could have won 5-1 and the same was true at West Brom. Sometimes you just have those days.
They had a blip and got one point from six, but have recovered well, so it’ll be interesting to see if Manchester United can do the same.
It has also been a major breakthrough for City in the last few weeks as they have shown they can bounce back from a setback or two.
Many people thought the real test would be after the Chelsea defeat, but they bounced back to narrowly beat Arsenal and then Stoke. Then came the results against West Brom and Sunderland, but again they responded like champions to beat an impressive Liverpool outfit
Whoever Mancini ends up starting against United I can only see one winner, and the same goes for the league as well.
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