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11/11/2010 10:04

Papers: Nil by mouth

Nil by mouth
For an overall investment of £1billion, including £320million on players, Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is entitled to expect a lot more. Roberto Mancini may have made City hard to beat, but their title aspirations will remain just that if they continue to play with such caution, particularly at home. Mancini hailed his team's point as a victory of sorts, having lost three of his four meetings with United last season, but the diversionary tactic fooled no-one, least of all the City fans who booed at the end. As Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged afterwards, Mancini has turned City into obdurate and belligerent opponents, but such qualities rarely earn teams titles. Maybe in Mancini's native Italy, where pragmatism is a virtue embraced by teams, but not in the Premier League, where flair and attacking verve are what counts. So after all the sniping and posturing from both sides in the build-up, the real winners from last night's Manchester derby were Chelsea, who extended their lead to four points over United. Perhaps there was ultimately too much at stake for either side to claim three points, although United dominated and were pushing for a winner right to the end, with City content to see the game out. It is hard to imagine United parking the metaphorical bus at Old Trafford, as City did at Eastlands last night, but that is what the club signed up to when they appointed Mancini.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

In transfer news, the Daily Mail tips United to rival City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and several clubs from across the continent for the signature of 18-year-old Dinamo Zagreb right back Sime Vrsaljko, who is rated at around £8million.

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