Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has expressed his delight at his side’s spectacular 6-1 victory over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, but chose to focus on the three points over the scoreline.
The big spending Etihad Stadium outfit ran riot against the Premier League champions, exacting a punishing and demoralising blow to the home team.
Despite the nature of the victory, Mancini feels getting the win was the most important thing.
“It’s not important 6-1. It’s important that we beat a fantastic team. That is important,” the Italian manager told Sky Sports News.
“It is important for our confidence because I don’t think it’s easy to come here.
“When you come here to play at Old Trafford it is an honour, because United are a strong team and you can have some problems,” he stated.
Jonny Evans’ dismissal early in the second half changed the game in City’s favour, but the Italian coach has spoken of being impressed with United still trying to attack.
“After the sending off it was easier but we were playing very well. The first 25 minutes United played well but they didn’t have more chances,” he admitted.
“I have more respect now for United because after the sending off they continued to try and score. I think that’s an incredible mentality.
“If we want to arrive on the top like them we should improve in this mentality.”
Finally, Mancini chose to praise Mario Balotelli, whose off-field antics were forgotten as the Italy international grabbed a brace.
“I’m happy for him because he scored another two important goals and he played well. He was serious on the pitch,” Mancini concluded.
City’s win gives them a five point cushion at the top of the Premier League, with a marker being set down for the rest of the division.
By Gareth McKnight