Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini has responded to Sir Alex Ferguson’s statement of “kamikaze” Manchester City spending.
The addition of James Milner to the Manchester City squad from Aston Villa has raised the total transfer costs to £130 million.
The Italian believes that City are not the first club to spend so much money, but insisted that United, in the past “one, two, or three years”, have also splashed money on transfers.
Mancini told The Mirror:
“All the other teams spent a lot of money in the past.”
“And I don’t mean 10 or 15 years ago, but in the last one, two or three years.”
“It’s normal when you want to buy a good player that you have to spend, as this is the market.
“It’s not important for me [what Fergie says]. I respect his opinion, but I repeat that United, like Manchester City, have spent a lot of money in the past.”
Mancini insists that winning the Europa League this season is important, as it would be a critical test, which would help prepare his team in the quest to reach the UEFA Champions League next season.
“This competition is important for me, for the players and the supporters.”
“We know it will be difficult to get through this tie, but this is a big competition for the club. I don’t know if we’re favorites. In the first game it’s always difficult.”
“Timisoara have already played two Europa League games and four games in their league, but we have only played one game in the Premier League.”
“We’re involved in four competitions and it’s important we try to win every game we play. We can’t think we can play well in one competition and not in another. We can’t do that if we want to change our mentality.”