x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Manchester City on the right track under Mancini, says Sheikh Mansour

The Manchester City owner has set his sights on the Premier League title and is backing the Italian to deliver.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the owner of Manchester City.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the owner of Manchester City.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed firmly believes Roberto Mancini is the right manager to navigate Manchester City to success in the Premier League and the Champions League.

The Manchester City owner has spent more than £1 billion since September 2008 in transforming City into a side who currently lead the Premier League by five points. The Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Presidential Affairs feels Mancini has the ability to translate his investment into success in England and in Europe, despite City facing an early exit from the Champions League next week.

"Sometimes I meet a lot of Emirati and Arab brothers in London, and see them criticise the work of Roberto Mancini, but I think that his plans are going on the right path," Shiekh Mansour said to Al Ittihad newspaper.

"We have to ask ourselves where we have been and what Manchester City have become now. To realise that what we have accomplished is great. Hard work is still required but we are all satisfied with what has been achieved, the success and development at this level. However you must have patience."

With Manchester United surprisingly knocked out of the Carling Cup last night at Old Trafford by Crystal Palace, City have been installed as favourites to add more silverware to the FA Cup they won last year, their first trophy in 35 years. However, Sheikh Mansour has his eyes on a bigger prize.

"We must not forget that our main objective is to win the English Premier League and if we achieve that, then it will have an impact on the team and the club as a whole and will show we can achieve anything," Sheikh Mansour said.

City underlined their title credentials with a 6-1 win at Manchester United, their arch rivals and the champions, earlier this season.

"We must be aware that these kinds of results can be a double-edged sword - it makes the others look at you differently and prepare themselves the best way they can," said Sheikh Mansour. "But those who want to win championships and trophies have to adapt to that and be ready to face the challenges."