Belfast Telegraph

Mancini backs Manchester City to keep on scoring

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes his free-scoring side need to be even more ruthless in front of goal — like Manchester United.

City have struck 15 times in winning their opening four Premier League games, but neighbours and arch-rivals United, who also have a 100 per cent record and top the table, have still scored three more.

When City underlined their title credentials with a 5-1 win at Tottenham last month, United bettered them by thrashing Arsenal 8-2. Mancini's men impressed again by beating Wigan 3-0 last week, only for United to hammer Bolton 5-0.

Mancini said: “Man United are a top team, they have been used to winning for a long time. They have strong players.

“When they played against Arsenal, when they scored two or three goals, they continued trying to score.

“We need to have this mentality. If we have a game like Tottenham where we can score, we need to continue to try to play.”

Mancini, however, does accept that his attack, even with expensive talents such as Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli to call upon, will not fire every time.

One such occasion was Wednesday, when City were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli on their Champions League debut at the Etihad Stadium.

The coming months will be a big test of the durability of Mancini's star-studded squad with demanding games both at home and in Europe.

City return to domestic action as they travel to Fulham tomorrow.

City are expected to challenge in all competitions this season and their Champions League opener has been viewed as a disappointing result by some observers.

Mancini, however, was pleased with his side's debut in the competition even though they needed to come from behind to claim a point in the Group A clash.

He said: “Every game will be hard. Bayern Munich are a top club, they have won everything, but I think it will be good for us.”

Mancini is likely to make changes for the weekend trip to Craven Cottage. Last season's top scorer Carlos Tevez, will hope for a recall.

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