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VMC's Some Might Say: Mancio Proud And Unbowed

Post Match Reaction to City's narrow defeat at Old Trafford from key characters and the VMC Forums...

Roberto Mancini:

'We were beaten by a moment of genius and I think that this was the only way we were going to lose this match. I thought we were in control for large parts of the match and after we levelled, I thought we would go on to win the game or draw at the very least. I think we played very well and I`m very proud of my players, but sometimes football can be cruel and they scored a fantastic goal that we could do nothing about.'

City have no time to mull over this defeat with crucial Europa League and FA Cup clashes with Aris and Notts County imminent. With over three months of the season to go, Mancio is not about to throw in the towel:

'It will be difficult for us to catch United because we are now eight points behind them again, but we will try our best and continue. We lost this game but didn't deserve to - maybe the next time we play an important game we won't play as well as we did today and end up winning.'

Sir Alex Ferguson:

'I've never seen anything like it, that's for sure. Absolutely stunning. Unbelievable. The thing about that goal is that Nani's goal will be completely forgotten and it was a fantastic goal. His first touch takes it around the defender and he rolled it into the net. It was an unbelievable goal but no-one in their right sense will even talk about it!

'I thought City made the brighter start, they got inside Evra with Silva and Yaya Toure and that caused us a bit of bother. But from the fifteenth minute on I thought we played fantastic football.

'Second half, City made a change by bringing Wright-Phillips on which helped them on that side of the pitch, but nothing really bothered us. They got a lucky break when Dzeko's shot deflected off Silva and from that moment on they gave them the imputus. When you score goal in big games, that can happen and that's what City got.'

Taggart refused to right City off. Perhaps his most begrudging admission yet that City are no longer to be ignored:

'They are in the top four. They've got a big, strong squad. They will win more games than you'd think. They are still a threat.'

Buzz Lightyear:

'City showed some class today, but missed some vital players that would have won us the game, Smalling did well in place of Ferdinand, we are getting closer to them. If we had played this way at Eastlands in the home game, we would have won that hands down.

'Today we showed that we were not frightened to go at them and had we finished a lot better or had some luck with the bounce and the ref then we may well have come away with a double, sadly we didn't and its off to the next game, that goodness it is only till Tuesday we have to suffer.'


'Remarkably unlucky, I knew we wouldn't score late as we don't have that mentality but we played very well with a few exceptions (Milner, Tevez, Lescott). We are very close to them now I feel, there was something far more assured about our performance against them today, irrespective of the result.'


'A bit of magic decided the match. That fact that we stood toe to toe with them shows that this City side is the real deal.'


'Richards showed why he should not be sold this summer, and Kompany showed why he should be given the captain's armband if Tevez leaves. I went with Kompany, but it easily could have been Silva or Richards. We sorely missed de Jong, and Balotelli needs to come back sooner rather than later.'


Head for the VMC Match Day Experience Forum for the build up and beyond to City's return to action in the Europa League and FA Cup this coming week.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 12 2011

Time: 6:03PM

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Though Rooney put in a great strike, it was a lucky deflection that took the ball to him and took our defence out. He'd been in Vinnie's pocket all day. The volume of the rags whistling for full time was very telling, I thought. One day, a team, any team, will get some decisive luck against these lot. It's amazing how it always goes their way. I mean, can any of you remember the last time somebody beat them through luck?
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12/02/2011 19:23:00

We got a bit lucky at their place last season with Drogba and the offside goal, but immediately Macheda used both hands to score. Those United guys say the Drogba goal cost them the title, forgetting the luck that goes their way EACH AND EVERY GAME. When will rooney do something like this again? Fluke i say.
Mia Maynard
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12/02/2011 20:03:00

rooney scored a wonder goal, and May never score another like as long as i have hole in my arse, butManure were not the better side today mo matter what Taggart says, they retreated to the long ball at times cos their midfield is not up to it, and ours is better and were snapping at thier heels, imo we are not going to win the title THIS YEAR,(but there is alot of football still to be played) so this defeat/blip is not the end of the world, as we are still on course for what was set out at the start of the season and we are still in 2cup compititions and a very slim chance of the title.... so if we come 2nd or 3rdand win a cup can still be considered a SUCCESSFUL season.... so chin up blues our turn will come.
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12/02/2011 21:05:00

You were very very unlucky not to win. The first real chance had gone in and I really believe that you would have put them out of their misery with ease. Keep playing like that and you won't be far away at the end of the season.
SFC Forever
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12/02/2011 22:43:00

at times today we looked really impressive and had a swagger about us that will give us encouragement for the rest of the season, with spurs winning and being right on our backs we need to make sure we see the job through now and ensure top 3/4
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12/02/2011 23:47:00

Well said 51.
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13/02/2011 04:36:00

We played some really good football at times, but thats football, deserved at least a draw, but to get anything you have to take your chances when they arise, we didn't and we paid for it.
Buzz Lightyear
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13/02/2011 08:53:00

I don't know what Taggart's fixation with that first route one goal is. Some sides score those in the Premier League every week.
Johnny Baguette
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13/02/2011 17:33:00

its funny how we were so lucky yesterday with rooneys goal. where as silva's was pure technique? please... so you were better, you were this you were that, played great, etc etc....and lost... think about the hundreds of millions you spend in two years time... think about tevez' performance in the game...absolutely nothing. Nani had Zabaletta in his back pocket all day long.... And yes, rooney got a single chance even though kompany didnt give him breathing space, and took it brilliantly. Thats how you win games. Chin up sky blues though, your team is very strong. Its simple though, your team is a bunch of mercenaries. Our players have Man united running in there blood.
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13/02/2011 18:26:00

Do they hell have United in their blood, the ageing generation of Scholes/Giggs/Rat excluded. They play for obscene wages just like our players do, in fact the recent report showed that United's wage bill is a mere 1.5m below ours, with even cloggers like O'Shea now on 80k+/week. The second Real Madrid comes for their latest offering from United, United's stars with "United blood" can't get to Spain quick enough. Speaking of blood, your entire club's image and fanbase is built on the blood of the dead, from exploiting the tragic Munich Disaster for decades. A new book is coming out in fact that explores this and how United let some of the Busby Babes families suffer in near poverty.
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13/02/2011 22:12:00

In conclusion, a soulless corporate club, the majority of whose fans have zero emotional connection as they latched on after "that night in Barcelona" (- ITV's favourite rag commentator Clive Tyldsley) and will only support until/if the glory dries up. Offices in London, more fans in London than Manchester. A soulless, empty corporation with no connection to the city it (almost) resides in.
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13/02/2011 22:14:00

The difference is United's players actually won something to be getting paid serious cash...
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14/02/2011 11:17:00

Excellent logic, not. Your club is an empty vessel, an international brand built on blood and exploitation, there isn't even a soul left to remove from it. So bugger off back to Stretford, although you probably live in Kent with a thousand other glory hunters.
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14/02/2011 14:34:00
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15/02/2011 11:50:00

Why don't you spread that around your "soul-full" team?
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15/02/2011 11:51:00

I'm Greek-Cypriot and live in Cyprus mate... obviously you're not someone to have a football conversation with... too much hatred & animosity. enjoy your day
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15/02/2011 11:55:00

alexpant- you come on here spouting ***** about mercenaries and money spent and U** players have U** in their blood, conveniently ignoring the money U** have spent or the mercenary that is R****y and you seriously expect a conversation in response to that? Have a day off mate!
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