In Pictures: Mancini time at Manchester City
May 13, 2013
Despite City's poor form in the Champions League, they continue to dominate in the Premier League. One of their most memorable wins comes at Old Trafford where they beat city rivals United 6-1. At this point, it looks like City are running away with the t???
Tevez, second from right, not in the starting XI for a while, allegedly refuses to warm up during City's Uefa Champions League match at Bayern Munich. An enraged Mancini says Tevez's career is over at City although the striker claims he did not understand???
One of the first players Mancini signs up is David Silva. The midfielder is brought to England from Valencia, the Primera Liga club, where he is already a household name. Andew Yates / AFP
The enormously gifted but troubled Mario Balotelli is brought in as part of Mancini's plan to shore up City's attack. Balotelli turns out to be a colourful personality, endearing as well as frustrating the management both on and off the pitch. Kerim Okten???
With constant uncertainty over the future of want-away Carlos Tevez, Mancini brings in Sergio Aguero, centre right, from Atletico Madrid. Aguero, who is the son-in-law of legendary Diego Maradona, replaces fellow Argentine Tevez as City's first-choice str???
Another of Mancini's acquisitions from Spain is Yaya Toure, who is surplus to requirements in the midfield-heavy Barcelona. The Ivorian arrives at City having already won the Champions League medal at Nou Camp. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images
The Blues' beat Stoke City 1-0 in the 2011 FA Cup final, ending a 35-year trophy drought. It is also the fifth time City won the oldest football tournament in the world, last claiming it in 1969. A Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo
But as the season progresses, United catch up with City which results in constant mind game being played between the managers. Mancini famously mocks Sir Alex Ferguson, his opposite number, on the touchline – a rare instance of a manager giving it back ???
Mancini has plenty of trouble up front with Carlos Tevez injured and fellow Italian Balotelli, left, in indifferent form during the first half of the season. Their relationship sees a breakdown after the two men clash at a training session. City sell Balo???
City win their first Premier League title in 44 years after much drama in the final game against Queens Park Rangers. A come-from-behind victory puts them level on points with United. Superior goal difference ensures a third title in the English top-fligh???
Roberto Mancini takes over as Manchester City manager in December 2009. The Italian, who was previously in charge of clubs such as Inter Milan, replaces Mark Hughes. Andrew Yates / AFP
It starts to go downhill for Mancini at the start of the 2012/13 season when Robin van Persie opts to join United. 'RVP', in goal-scoring form for Arsenal in the previous season, is courted by Mancini, who is disappointed the Dutchman was not pursued hard???
With United having regained the Premier League title from their neighbours, Mancini's only hope for silverware comes from the FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic. But they are beaten 1-0 by the relegation-threatened Latics, prompting more speculation of t???