Roberto Mancini shows lack of class in pursuit of Robin van Persie questions Manchester City's class after Roberto Mancini declares he'd love to sign Robin van Persie

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Robin van Persie has netted 32 goals for Arsenal this season Photo: Robin van Persie/Twitter

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Manchester City’s lack of class

Roberto Mancini has shown a lack of class as the Italian continues to comment on players from other clubs – and most recently Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie.

In the summer Van Persie will have just one year left on his current contract and so Mancini has decided to try and unsettle the Gunners captain by talking about how he’d like to sign the Dutch striker.

The 28-year-old has scored 32 goals this season but is stalling over a new deal – but shouldn’t Mancini have kept quiet?

The correct way to deal with the questioning would have been to speak about his admiration for the 32-goal striker’s abilities, but it is disrespectful to discuss signing a player from another club at this stage.

City can throw money around at will, own an avalanche of players and loan them to other Premier League clubs but not face them themselves, such as Emmanuel Adebayor and Tottenham, plus unsettle their rivals at every twist and turn.

We keep hearing about financial fair play rules but where are they?

Arsenal may not be challenging for the title but they do have class – it’s permanent and the way Arsene Wenger does business is correct.

Mancini and Manchester City could do with taking a leaf out of Wenger’s book.

Manchester United’s rivals will crack under pressure

Of course Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United are aiming for glory this season but compared to the other top five teams, the manager and his squad are under much less pressure.

Last year United won the title despite Manchester City spending millions and the Red Devils’ poor form for much of the season.

Mancini may appear comfortable at the moment but he was forgiven a third-place finish last season, and he may not get the same reprieve this year if they do not win the title.

United are the only real contenders, and if Mancini pulls a ‘Kevin Keegan’ we might start to see some cracks appear under pressure.

His stance on Carlos Tevez won him widespread respect and admiration but City’s star studded squad dropped a lot of points in slender losses or draws without the Argentine.

Arsenal’s recent form has eased the pressure on them slightly but only a top-four finish will do for Wenger after another year without a trophy.

Tottenham Hotspur may have been unfortunate to suffer defeats by City and United but they were losses nonetheless, and their firm grasp on Champions League qualification has loosened slightly.

Spurs need Europe’s biggest stage to help retain their manager and attract big name players.

The pressure has already had a telling impact at Chelsea, though unlike Spurs they at least have the money to attract star players even if they miss out on Champions League football next year.

As for Ferguson, of course he wants to win – he always does – but United’s season has been far from impressive.

They have been dumped out of all cups in fairly ignominious fashion and were thrashed 6-1 at home by their city neighbours but not a murmur of anti-Fergie rhetoric from the crowd.

Twenty years of success buys you a lot of breathing space it seems, though it also helps that your fans blame everything on the American owners.

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