Man City boss Mancini believes Man Utd didnít deserve 15-point lead
Roberto Mancini claims Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford shows that his side shouldn’t have been 15 points behind the league leaders in the Premier League.
Manchester City were to cut the gap between them and Manchester United to 12 points with two brilliant strikes from James Milner and Sergio Aguero. It was the English midfielder who drew first blood with a contentious strike in the 51st minute. Sir Alex Ferguson insists the goal should have been disallowed as Carlos Tevez was in an offside position, but referee Mike Dean saw no harm done.
Eight minutes after James Milner’s goal, Manchester City lost their lead because of an own goal from skipper Vincent Kompany. A header from Manchester United defender Phil Jones bounced off the back of Vincent Kompany to go straight into net.
Sergio Aguero was brought on field in place of Samir Nasri in the 71st minute. The Argentinean immediately brought an attacking flair to side and seven minutes after his admission scored a superb goal.
Manchester United supporters were silenced by Sergio Aguero’s heroics, which consequently caused Sir Alex Ferguson to wake from his slumber on the sidelines and should direction to his team.
The Eastlands boss was extremely happy with the performance of his team. Roberto Mancini believes the “championship is finished”, yet his side shouldn’t have been 15 points off Manchester United on the Premier League table.
“It demonstrated tonight that we are not [15 points worse]” Roberto Mancini said. “We are happy - it is normal, we are happy because we won. We play football to win. In the game at the Etihad, we dominated and lost, but this is possible - it is football.
“We wanted to play football. We had the ball, kept it and played better. It was important for us, we showed we didn't deserve to stay 15 points behind.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson feels his side were unlucky to lose to Manchester City at home. Nonetheless, the Scotsman admitted it was “a very intense game with the two best teams in the country”.
“I was pleased with the performance and thought we did really well. There were lots of plus signs - our form is good, I have no complaints,” Sir Alex Ferguson said.
“If you look at the whole thing, it's not a bad day for us in terms of the performance level. You don't want to a lose a derby game, but we're OK. We know Aguero is a fantastic finisher, but we gave him a lot of room.”