Man City’s Mancini sets aside rivalry to support Man Utd against Real Madrid
There has been a lot of tension and animosity between the Manchester clubs in recent years. Their enmity has transcended to all platforms of competitions, yet when it comes to cross-country rivalry Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has decided to support arch-rivals Manchester United when they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League this month.
The Eastlands boss announced he would support Manchester United when the Champions League returns later this month. Roberto Mancini, whose side is nine points away from the Premier League leaders Manchester United, hopes Manchester United wins the Champions League trophy.
Well, since Manchester City are out of the Champions League, they are solely concentrating on winning the Premier League. On the other hand, Manchester United are still in the bout of two major competitions, which means their attention is split. Therefore, if Sir Alex Ferguson becomes overly obsessed with the Champions League title it would compromise his Premier League campaign, which is something Roberto Mancini would love him to do.
“Of course I will be supporting United when they take on Real Madrid,” Roberto Mancini said with a cheeky smile. “I might even go along to watch with a little red and white flag.
“When we played Real Madrid it took a lot out of us and I think United are going to find it difficult as well, because along with Barcelona [Real] are the best in the world right now.
“I do think (United) will find it a little bit harder in February and March and that is when the title might be decided.”
Prior to the 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday night, Robert Mancini explained how his side were still capable of defending their Premier League title. The Italian was confident of clawing back the margin Manchester United had acquired.
To be honest, Roberto Mancini is right. There are still 13 games left for each side in the Premier League, which means three defeats would bring Manchester United and Manchester City level on terms.
“When you have 14 games left you still have a chance, because it is a long season and anything can still happen,” Roberto Mancini said.