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

What To Read Next

 

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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
30 September 2016
Everton v Crystal Palace, Goodison Park 21:00
01 October 2016
Swansea City v Liverpool, Liberty Stadium 13:30
West Ham United v Middlesbrough, Olympic Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion, Stadium of Light 16:00
Hull City v Chelsea, The KC Stadium 16:00
Watford v Bournemouth, Vicarage Road 16:00
02 October 2016
Manchester United v Stoke City, Old Trafford 13:00
Leicester City v Southampton, King Power Stadium 15:15
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City, White Hart Lane 15:15
Burnley v Arsenal, Turf Moor 17:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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