Hughes also criticised Mancini’s managerial style ahead of last weekend’s Manchester derby, describing the Italianâ€™s methods as â€œautocraticâ€ and “very much his way or the highwayâ€.
But the current City manager has responded by ridiculing Hughesâ€™s comments, adding that the former Eastlands boss has become a lucky charm for the league leaders.
â€œI don’t know Mark Hughes and he doesn’t know me but I’m happy when he talks to the newspapers because before every game that he talks we win 6-1, 4-1. Every game,â€ Mancini said.
â€œYes, it was the same [then],â€ he added. â€œI’m happy. If he talks about me before every game I’d be happy.â€
Mancini added that he would never criticise the managerial styles of any Premier League bosses, including his predecessor Hughes.
â€œAbsolutely not because I don’t know all the managers here,â€ he continued. â€œI don’t have any problem. I don’t know because I don’t know [Hughes].
“I met him two or three times. It’s impossible for me [to say] but I have respect for his opinion.â€
Mancini also revealed some of the reactions he witnessed from United supporters on the journey home from Old Trafford following the 6-1 victory against the reigning champions.
â€œI had some United fans saying, ‘I’m red but congratulations for the victory,’â€œ he added. â€œTwo or three were saying â€˜f*** off!â€™. You can understand after the game it’s difficult.â€
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