Ahead of the Manchester derby today, City’s Roberto Mancini has claimed that most teams got “soft” because of fear when they play against Utd.
Mancini said: “No one plays well against United because they only play with fear.
“They think they can do nothing. But it is not true. If you play strong against United, you can beat them like they can beat us.
“United are strong now because of this importance as a team, as a club. This is because United have been a strong team for a long time. For the other teams they play against, it is difficult.”
“We are young as a team and we don’t have the same importance like United yet,” he said. “The history is very important. We can’t do this in two years but maybe in 10 years.”
Mancini refuses to accept that United are a better team than City, even though they could stretch their lead to 18 points by completing the double over them tonight.
“We know we can beat them because they are not better than us,” he said. “This is sure, 100 per cent. We deserved to win the game at the Etihad Stadium [in December]. Like them we are a strong team. There is no difference.”