Mancini: City must not lose the derby

Roberto Mancini says Manchester City cannot afford to lose Sunday's derby against Manchester United at the Etihad. The defending champions go into the game three points behind league leaders United, and Mancini fears a six-point gap between the two could prove crucial. "They can lose because they have three points more. We

Mancini hits back over Fergie criticism

Roberto Mancini has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson for his criticisms of Manchester City's European record. City bowed out of Europe's premier club competition without winning a game in what was statistically the worst performance by an English club since UEFA introduced the group stage format 20 years ago. Ferguson said

United captain Vidic set to return next week

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has returned to full training and could be back in the team for Wednesday's Champions League home game against Cluj. The Serb defender has been out since mid-September with a knee injury which required surgery and was expected to rule him out until Christmas. However, the 31-year-old's

Mancini tips Everton for top four

Roberto Mancini believes Everton could be playing in next season's Champions League. David Moyes' side visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday sitting in sixth place but having only won one of their last eight games. But the Merseysiders have an outstanding record against City, winning five of the last six meetings, and

Villas-Boas responds to Modric’s Bale comments

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric to worry about his own team following the midfielder's comments that Gareth Bale should join him at Real Madrid. Modric left Spurs for the Spanish champions in the summer, and the Croatian said that his former team-mate should follow him to the Bernabeu

Arbeloa: Atletico one of the best

Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa says that Saturday's derby clash with Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is a meeting of two of Europe's top teams. This weekend's derby is unusual in that Atletico arrive at the Bernabeu eight points ahead of their city rivals in the Primera Division standings,

Defoe: Too much pressure on Torres

Jermain Defoe has told Chelsea's Fernando Torres that he needs to treat the Premier League like the school yard if he is to get back to scoring ways. Torres has netted seven times in 21 appearances in all competitions this season, to go with the fifteen he scored in his one-and-a-half

United without wingers for Reading

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that he will be without Nani and Antonio Valencia for Saturday's game against Reading. It is hoped Valencia will be back in time for the derby contest against Manchester City the following weekend, but Nani is expected to be sidelined until after Christmas

Benitez: We’ve missed Terry and Lampard

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that the team have missed John Terry and Frank Lampard recently. Since Benitez took over at the club he has been unable to select the English duo, with both currently out on the sidelines injured. Benitez's Chelsea have struggled in the pair's absence, with the Spaniard

Wenger confident of turn in fortunes

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side are ready to click into top gear and climb up the Premier League table in the run-up to Christmas. Wenger has claimed a tough early season fixture list, that included away days at both Manchester and Merseyside clubs, has restricted his side's ambitions in

Manchester United weigh up Sneijder bid

Manchester United are monitoring Wesley Sneijder's situation ahead of the January transfer window, ESPN has been told, as it emerged on Friday that Inter will consider selling the Dutch playmaker after contract negotiations stalled. The Old Trafford club came extremely close to signing Sneijder in August 2011 only for the deal

Tinker man Abramovich: The Good,Bad and Ugly

On┬¡┬¡┬¡┬¡- November 21st 2012,the footballing world woke up to the news that the man at the helm of Chelsea FCÔÇÖs affairs ┬áwho was only appointed 5 months ago dating back to the penultimate season after the sacking of erstwhile manager Andre Villas Boas by the wealthy billionaire Roman Abramovich who

Clarke: Lukaku ready for Saints

Steve Clarke insists Romelu Lukaku has not been damaged by his wasteful performance at Newcastle last weekend - and confirmed that West Bromwich Albion could lose him in the January transfer window. The Belgian found himself more in the spotlight for the chances he squandered at St James' Park rather than

Liverpool eye Huntelaar swoop

Liverpool are plotting to end their striker crisis by signing Dutch hot-shot Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Schalke when the January transfer window opens, according to ESPN sources. Anfield chiefs believe they could secure the services of 29-year-old striker in a cut-price £6 million, with manager Brendan Rodgers desperate to bolster his striking