There have been a number of Manchester City fans coming onto this site recently expressing the opinion that we are obsessed by their club because it has been mentioned in some of our articles. Sorry folks, if you expect any apologies they will not be forthcoming because just like the one which is being raised here, they have always had a Manchester United connection. It’s a two way street so when City manager Signor Mancini publicly comments on the Wayne Rooney incident at Wigan by saying that “For me it was Rooney’s fault and I’m surprised at this. The referee was there. I think that this happens in every country, it’s normal. The big club usually has different treatment. For me it was a red card” he’s perfectly entitled to express an opinion.
It’s fair enough signor, but a response must surely be expected. It begs the question as to what Mancini was REALLY saying for I have learned over many years that what the vast majority of Italians say is not always what they mean. Is the City manager saying that United is a big club therefore receiving favourable treatment? Is he admitting in the same breath that City is a little club which is being unfairly victimised?
Mancini may believe that City were victimised by being on the receiving end of a retrospective FA sanction a year ago when Patrick Vieira was given a three match ban for kicking out at Stoke’s Glenn Whelan in an incident missed by the referee but later picked up by the authorities.
The bottom line is that Mancini had no cause to get involved in the Rooney matter. Apart from a still possible FA Cup clash, City will not be meeting United again in the Premiership this season so why get involved? The only explanation is that despite the sky blue and white scarf he religiously sticks around his neck at every game, Signor Mancini sees Manchester City as nothing more than a victimised little club trying to keep up with the Premiership big boys.
Did Mancini have any cause to get involved in the Rooney incident at Wigan?