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VMC's Some Might Say: Wembley Wake Up Call

Manchester City and the loyal travelling faithful return to Manchester to lick their wounds and prepare for the league campaign. Post match reaction to the shield defeat...

Roberto Mancini:

'We need to understand why we lost this game. We played well and went two-nil up, but we need to have a strong mentality. When we play a strong side like United or when we are in the Champions League, we need to continue to keep playing football. We can't go like we did in the second half...when you're ahead like that you need to control the game. United have a top squad and were the better team. But that does not mean we cannot win the title, we need to improve and complete our team, and find our best form.'

Sir Alex Ferguson:

'I couldn't believe we were 2-0 down at half-time. To me we had been controlling the match. But huge credit to the players, they kept their heads, kept playing their football and got the result they deserved.

'The great thing about today was we never got intimidated by City's tackling. We just kept the ball and kept playing - I thought it was fantastic. I hope it bodes well for the season.'

Vincent Kompany:

'We didn't really play well today and we were still in the game...If anything it's good that we have another 90 minutes in our legs. It wasn't our best performance today but next week on Monday is going to be the big one. It would have been nice to win it, obviously, but the fact that we didn't win it is not going to change anything about how we work toward the Swansea game.

'We are a strong team and we are an organised team. We might not have been today but it will be no problem for the future. We have got a lot of potential so come the league, come the Champions League, come the FA Cup we'll be ready for it, there's no doubt about it.'

Wayne Rooney:

'...This was a footballing lesson. They had five minutes where they scored two goals, and that was about it. We took them apart. The score-line is deserved because of our passing, and the brilliant chances we created. We are champions and we are the team to beat - we need to go out and prove that. Full credit to the whole team, that's our attitude. We never know when a game is finished.'

The VMCers in the VMC Forum:


'To be honest whole midfield looked bleak with only Silva trying to do something out of nothing. Dejong, Yaya, Balotelli, Kompany and Milner all failed to impress...I hope they will come good soon to lead the revolution once again. No matter we lost today but In Mancio we trust..'


'Faint heart never won the EPL. Let's try and win games rather than trying not to lose them.'


'Let the rags have their moment of glory. It will be their only success this season.'

Colin 333:

'Let's face it, half hearted City.
I find it hard to believe but that was about it. Mario, I don't know if he deserves to wear the City shirt...Ya Ya is not 50%, Clichy left Vinny in the shit and their lady boy finished us off. I only hope our players standing watching them taking a 'tinpot' trophy will make them fight harder.'

Blue Dub:

'Very disappointed with the lack of appetite displayed today, we're playing U*d ffs, get **cking stuck in. The only positive I can really take is maybe this result will serve as a warning to the players and give them that good kick in the arse that they need for what's going to be a long hard season.'


'Mancini commented the other day about how he didn't think the team were ready to start the season (in fitness terms). - He meant it. As I posted on the VMC Match Day Thread, they have played about 4-5 more preseason games more than we have and that clearly showed today.'


'The 'elephant in the room' is how much fitter, sharper and hungrier the scum looked. In fact, speaking of elephants, we had a few out there.'

VMC citytv Video Link: Mancio Post Match Reaction

VMC citytv Video Link: Joe Hart Post Match Reaction

all times GMT+1

Mo 15 Aug 20:00 Swansea, Etihad Stadium, PL
Su 21 Aug 16:00 Bolton, Reebok Stadium, PL
Su 28 Aug 13:30 Spurs, White Hart Lane, PL


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 8 2011

Time: 5:56AM

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Although technically classed as a friendly, this game was far from that,however it is not a good indicator has to how things will go in the coming months, but it was a good workout and Taggart seems to have got them going or was it the fact that they were playing us that they upped their game and we were just simply not fit enough on the Wembley pitch.
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08/08/2011 06:33:00

Shrek needs to get out of his own arse. "a footballing lesson" LMFAO! No wonder Rags come out with such bollox all the time, they're just repeating the nonsense that their players spew out. U*d were fitter and sharper and deserved their win that's all, if you want to see a footballing lesson look back at your game against Barcelona, now that's what you call a football lesson.
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08/08/2011 06:58:00

Gloaters gotta gloat, it makes up for their shallow pathetic little lives. We just need to stop giving them the opportunity to gloat!
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08/08/2011 07:42:00

I know we all edge up a notch when we play Salford U#ed but I think we have to realise that the season has not officially started yet so lets not see this as a sign of things to come....its as they scum kept telling us before the game...just a warm up.
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08/08/2011 09:12:00

Don't mind a CFC fan commenting on your article, but you can't get anywhere with Mancini. You guys have one of the strongest line ups in the world, forget the EPL. Six of your players were named in the England team for a reason. Unless Mancini plays more aggressively, you guys may not win the EPL this time around as well.
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08/08/2011 10:05:00

What's with all the Mancini bashing ( again )? The man is a proven winner, 10 years in management and he's won 8 major trophies ( I'm not including the Italian super cups because they are irrelevant, much like the community shield ) We won our first trophy in 35 years with Mancini at the helm, we finished third in the PL, our highest finish since football began. ;) the players let him, themselves and the City fans down yesterday by not turning up.
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08/08/2011 10:21:00

come we lost the Charity shield, who gives a f**K, Ok it was against the rags, but, it was and always will be a pre season friendly, and The Rags needed to win at wembley in 2011 and 1 out of 3 is not to bad, even if it is an 'Important' cup, to them anyway, and it's more important than the FA Cup AND Champions League as they did not want to win them obviously....
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08/08/2011 16:51:00

Hardly an important trophy for United, we have lost count, the game was a friendly, but City looked bleak. However with Tevez and Kun up front you will have a formiddable striking force, and you will be up there come end of season. I do though agree with TheBlueFan, you do need a manager with more guts.
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