David Platt backs cool Roberto Mancini

Platt's backing to cool Mancini as City look to put successive defeats behind them

'After two defeats, maybe another one would be a problem — I don’t remember when I lost three matches in a row.'

Roberto Mancini was referring to Manchester United and an opportunity to add to his rivals’ troubles in the third round of the FA Cup but, little more than a week later, talk of a crisis has moved across town.

After Manchester City lost that derby then the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool, it is City boss Mancini who faces the prospect of three straight defeats when the top and bottom clubs meet at Wigan on Monday night.

Backing his man: David Platt has backed Roberto Mancini after two defeats

Backing his man: David Platt has backed Roberto Mancini after two defeats

Furthermore, his criticism of Wayne Rooney’s role in Vincent Kompany’s red card at Old Trafford, a midweek spat with Steven Gerrard and more rumblings of discontent on Sunday over City’s lack of activity in this transfer window have led some people to question whether the Italian is starting to show the strain.

But City coach David Platt said: ‘People can talk about his character and his reaction. The TV cameras might be on him, but he’s no different now than he was a month ago or six months ago in the FA Cup Final, or when he was a player. He knows what it takes to go the distance.

Back in training: David Silva looks set to feature against Wigan

Back in training: David Silva looks set to feature against Wigan

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‘He’s quite relaxed at this moment in time. He has full belief that we will win every football match. He’s a perfectionist. The external pressure can be no greater than what you put on yourselves.’

The loss of Kompany and Yaya Toure’s departure to the Africa Cup of Nations have hit City hard, as has David Silva’s ankle injury.

But Spaniard Silva trained over the weekend and should be available tonight as City look to regain their three-point lead over Sir Alex Ferguson’s United and take advantage of Spurs’ draw against Wolves.