Mancini puts Nasri and Balotelli to the sword for Man City’s defeat to Man Utd
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini brought Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli to the gallows after his side suffered their first home defeat in two years. Roberto Mancini and Co. went down 3-2 to archrivals Manchester United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
The Italian gaffer of Eastlands criticized Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli for damaging performance against Manchester United. The defeat leaves Manchester City second place and six points behind Premier League leader Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney’s first-half brace provided Manchester United with a 2-0 lead at the break, but a superb comeback from the Manchester City allowed the hosts to draw the game till injury time. Eventually, Robin van Persie scored on deflected free-kick in the 92nd minute to provide Manchester United with a memorable victory.
Apart from bring little to nothing to the table, Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli played a crucial hand in allowing Manchester United to score the winning goal. Mario Balotelli made little effort to score goals while his teammate Samir Nasri provided Manchester City with negligible attacking flair and assisted former teammate Robin van Persie for Manchester United’s late winner.
Carlos Tevez also came under scrutiny for leaving the defensive wall on Robin van Persie’s free kick, although the former Manchester United striker was one of the best players on pitch for Manchester City.
“It was a dangerous free-kick,” Roberto Mancini admitted. “I don't know why (Tevez left the wall), but we made a mistake there.”
“In the last free-kick, we put only three players there,” Roberto Mancini continued. “Were there three? We had two and a half. We didn't cover very well.
“We dominated the second half, but we can't concede a goal like this. If it hits you in the face, it hits you in the face.
“In the history of football, there are teams who didn't win championships for this reason. I'm really upset we didn't win this game.”
Roberto Mancini had harsh words for Mario Balotelli as well, although the Italian shares a father-son bond with the young striker. Mario Balotelli was given a rare start in the first team against Manchester United following much insistence from the Italy international.
“I love Mario like a guy, and as a player, but I think it's important for him to start to think about his job if he wants to play well,” Roberto Mancini said. “When you have a player with Mario's quality, you can't believe that he throws his quality out of the window.
“I've seen players in my life with fantastic quality who ended up with nothing and I don't want Mario to finish like these players, because it will be bad for him.”