Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini stays ice cool as title shootout with United looms

No fear! Manchester City boss Mancini stays ice cool as title shootout with United looms

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21:57 GMT, 27 April 2012

Roberto Mancini has warned Manchester
United that Monday's do-or-die derby at the Etihad Stadium does not
worry him – and revealed for the first time that he would one day like
to manage England.

Manchester City boss Mancini knows
that failure to beat United will all but end his team's chances of
winning the Barclays Premier League this season.

Relaxed: Roberto Mancini says he has backing of the board

Relaxed: Roberto Mancini says he has backing of the board

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has described the game as a 'shootout' but Mancini is relaxed and believes his owners in Abu Dhabi will back him whatever happens.

He said: 'I'm not nervous. Why should we be worried When is the squeaky-bum time I don't know that phrase.

'We are at the top of the league and have been there since the start of the season. This is where we want to be.

'Of course, it's important to get on with your chairman and the owner. But the owners at Manchester City are intelligent and they understand that to create a winning team takes time.

Hat-trick: Mancini shrugs off the cold to show off his skills

Hat-trick: Mancini shrugs off the cold to show off his skills

'When you start to build any team, you need time to get to know them and for them to know you.'

Mancini has only been at City for a little over two years and has won the FA Cup and taken them into the Champions League.

He remains hugely ambitious, though, and makes no secret of his desire to manage at international level.

Asked
in the June issue of GQ magazine if he would one day like to manage
England, the Italian said: 'Yes, very much. Why not'

For
now, Mancini clearly believes City are getting stronger and said: 'I'm
only interested in winning. To achieve that with a team like City is
more of a challenge but the goal is the same.

'When I started, some of the players didn't share my mentality. After a
while they began to understand what is expected of them. I think you
have to have angels that sometimes become a son of a b****.'

United were in Cardiff yesterday, trying to escape the excitement
surrounding what has been labelled the most important Manchester derby
ever.

Despite trying to shield his players, Sir Alex Ferguson has been making no attempt to talk down the game.

The United manager said: 'You have an
interesting combination of teams – the one with the best home record
and the one with the best away record.

'It's a shootout, isn't it

Sign here: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson with starstruck fans in Cardiff on Friday

Sign here: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson with starstruck fans in Cardiff on Friday

It means everything to the supporters. Going in to work next Tuesday morning will be the most important day of their lives.

'It's in the blood of these supporters and I know lots of them who would give everything to win this game on Monday.'

Ferguson believes United fans would see a title triumph this year as
special because it would have come after hauling in City at the top of
the table.

He also admitted, though, that whoever loses out will have
regrets because both clubs have enjoyed good leads at some stage.

'I
think our fans would look upon it as a special one because it's against
their most bitter rivals,' he said.

Manchester City fans

Derby shootout: It promises to be a special night in Manchester

'If you ask any of the fans then I know what they would say. For me, it's another league.

'But if one loses they are going to be reflecting on what may have been.

'Whoever loses will be tinged with regret simply because it's a derby thing.'

Meanwhile, Martin O'Neill has hit out at Mancini after he dismissed Sunderland's role in the outcome of the title race.

United travel to the Stadium of Light on the final day of the season, a fixture the City manager described as 'easy' last week.

O'Neill said: 'I don't know what his insinuation was but the integrity of this league is pretty good.'

The new issue of GQ magazine is out on May 3