The 48-year-old will take his relegation-battling Queens Park Rangers to Eastlands hoping to pick up vital points, and in doing so could inadvertently hand their rivals Manchester United the league crown.
Hughes spent 18 months at the Etihad and signed many of City’s current first-team regulars, including Carlos Tévez, Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott, captain Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta before the former Wales boss was replaced by Mancini.
“I’m not going to take any credit – if they do win the Premier League it’s got nothing to do with me,” said Hughes.
“I picked those players because I knew they could do the job I was asking them to do.
“Since I left, they’ve just got stronger and started to enjoy the Premier League better through experience of playing a number of seasons.”
Hughes was sacked as City manager in December 2009 despite the Eastlands outfit being on course for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
But the QPR manager insists he has happy memories from his time at City and still considers it a positive experience in his managerial career.
“I enjoyed my time there. It was difficult because I came in when Manchester City were basically a mid-table team – that’s the level we were at,” added Hughes.
“All of a sudden it changed very, very quickly and we were asked to be something at that time we weren’t capable of being.
“We worked exceptionally hard. For myself and everyone involved it was hugely difficult. There were huge changes there and everyone had to change quickly and embrace it.
“But we got to a point where certainly I felt we were on the cusp of something really special and then for whatever reasons I wasn’t given the opportunity.
“I still view my time there as a really positive experience and I’m pleased that it happened.”
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