English Premiership

Mancini hits back at Fergie

2012-12-08 16:09
Roberto Mancini (AFP)

London - Opposing managers Roberto Mancini and Alex Ferguson have started sparring well before Sunday's Manchester derby after an exchange of barbs about penalties.

In Friday's pre-match press conference, Manchester United manager Ferguson suggested there would have been "an inquiry in the House of Commons" if his club had been awarded as many spot-kicks as Manchester City in recent years.

However, while City have won 21 penalties since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, United have been awarded exactly the same amount.

And when Mancini was informed of Ferguson's comments, he retorted with a jibe about United wing Ashley Young, who was criticised for a succession of penalty-winning dives in April last season.

"I remember very well last year, when Young, swimming in the..." said the Italian, breaking off his sentence to mimic the pose of a diver on the top board.

"I think (City have won penalties) four or five times in the last 10 games, and then (Ferguson) didn't say anything, but this can happen."

Asked if he believed Ferguson was trying to stir things up ahead of Sunday's game at the Etihad Stadium, Mancini replied: "Probably. Fergie is clever for this.

He added, in an ironic tone: "I think in the last 15 years there have been some penalties for them. Not a lot, but two or three in the last 15 years."

United currently enjoy a three-point advantage over defending champions City at the top of the Premier League table.

Read more on:    epl  |  alex ferguson  |  roberto mancini  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Blues win Capital One Cup

2015-03-01 20:15

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
03 March 2015
Southampton v Crystal Palace, St. Mary's Stadium 21:45
Hull City v Sunderland, The KC Stadium 21:45
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion, Villa Park 21:45
04 March 2015
West Ham United v Chelsea, Boleyn Ground 21:45
Stoke City v Everton, Britannia Stadium 21:45
Manchester City v Leicester City, Etihad Stadium 21:45
Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal, Loftus Road Stadium 21:45
Newcastle United v Manchester United, St. James' Park 21:45
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City, White Hart Lane 21:45
Liverpool v Burnley, Anfield 22:00
07 March 2015
Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Would Lionel Messi be as potent in the EPL as he is in La Liga?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.