Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is reportedly happy that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final.
The FA yesterday upheld Rooney’s two-game ban for swearing into a TV camera – so he misses the clash with local rivals City.
And City boss Mancini said: “At this moment Rooney is not 100 per cent, he is playing at 200 per cent.
“But if he can’t play, okay! We know he can change a game at any moment like when we played at Old Trafford this year.
“That day we deserved to draw or to win and Rooney scored a fantastic goal.”
However Mancini insisted that Sir ALex’s side will still be a force to fear in next Saturday’s Wembley clash.
He said: “United is a strong team, even without Rooney.
“Will it improve our chances? No, I don’t think that. I still think it will be a very good game without Rooney.”