Premier League teams scared of Manchester United claims Mancini
Now we understand why there is a 15-point gap between United and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, with Old Trafford clearly proving a more intimidating place to visit.
April 8th, 2013
Perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson and his team deserve credit for making it tough for visiting opponents, with Tottenham the only team to have avoided defeat at the Theatre of Dreams this season when they came away with a 3-2 win.
All of the other fourteen Premier League sides to visit have been beaten and Roberto Mancini claims that too many teams are scared of Manchester United, with City hoping to keep their faint title hopes alive with victory on Monday night.
“United are strong now because of their importance as a team, their importance as a club. Every team that plays against United plays very soft because they think the game is difficult, that they can’t beat them. It is not true.
“If they play strong against United, they can beat them like they can beat us. This is normal, this is football, because United have been a strong team for a long time. For the other teams they play against it is difficult. I’m not saying they don’t play 100% but their mentality is poor in that game. They think they can do nothing but … I don’t think that is true. If you play with a good mentality, in football you can beat every team.”
Mancini claims that City’s lack of history in terms of winning titles counts against them at the moment, despite them winning the title last season.
“We are young as a team and we don’t have the same importance like United in this moment,” their manager countered. “Maybe in 10 years it will be the same. The history is very important. We need to improve as a team, as a club, but for this we need more years. We can’t do this in two years. For 10 years, if we improve, if we win every year, probably it will also be the same for us.”