Revealed! How Mancini and Fergie battled it out for the Premier League title… on the PLAYSTATION
11:20 GMT, 2 March 2013
11:20 GMT, 2 March 2013
With Manchester United enjoying a 12 point lead, the Barclays Premier League trophy is surely already adorned in red and white ribbons.
As a result, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini must take the small victories as and when they come – even if they're on the PlayStation.
The Italian has been secretly meeting his adversary Sir Alex Ferguson to play out the title race in virtual reality, as this video footage shows.
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PlayStation battle: Mancini and Ferguson decide the Premier League title on the City manager's blue console
But even on his blue PlayStation, Mancini can't get the better of his nemesis.
The voyeuristic spoof video is the creation of filmmaker Alison Jackson, who uses uncanny Mancini and Fergie lookalikes.
It's to promote the new limited edition Super Slim PlayStation consoles, available in red or blue depending on your allegiance.
The clip starts with Mancini frantically trying to figure out how City can make up the dozen point gap at the top of the league.
Letting go: Roberto Mancini with the Premier League title last season. His City side must overhaul a 12 point United lead to retain it
As he's tapping away on the calculator and scratching his head, there's a knock at the door.
A gloating Fergie pushes his way in and starts parading around with Mancini's replica Premier League trophy – resplendent in blue ribbons.
The pair decide to battle it out on the PlayStation to determine once and for all who will be champion and get to keep the silverware.
Laughing: Alex Ferguson knows another Premier League title is within reach
And after a rollercoaster match, it's Fergie who emerges victorious, showing an unexpected talent for football sims.
Delighted, the United boss skips out of the Mancini residence with the trophy safely in his possession again – though only after performing a cringe-worthy Gangnam style dance.
Time will tell whether the real title race has the same outcome.
The new Red or Blue limited edition Super Slim PlayStation consoles are available now. Twitter hashtag #RedorBlue
Wrong colour Adam Johnson showed off his customised PlayStation on Twitter this week
VIDEO: Watch the Mancini and Fergie PlayStation spoof