Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini takes on Ferguson at his own peril

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini seems to go out of his way to get on the wrong side of people. Maybe it’s the pressure that comes with such high expectations at his club but he seems to be getting a reputation for creating needless confrontations. He has only been at Eastlands for ten months yet in that time Mancini has had run ins with Robinho, Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland, Emmanuel Adebayor, Shay Given and what he himself describes as a “ballsy” half time dressing room argument with his captain Carlos Tevez just last week.

De Gea, Lindegaard, Given…or none of them?

Is there a decent keeper anywhere who has not been linked with Manchester United in the last few months? That’s obviously a gross exaggeration but there are times when it appears that way. There were plenty of headlines just a couple of weeks ago when manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided to give the Carling Cup tie against Scunthorpe a miss, preferring instead to visit Spain with goalkeeper coach Eric Steele instead to scout Athletico Madrid’s David De Gea. That interest now appears to have cooled off with attention turning to Denmark international Anders Lindegaard instead.