Man City v Man United: Mancini eager to leave legacy at Eastlands

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to challenge Manchester United's dominance and leave a legacy at Eastlands

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Roberto Mancini's side trail league leaders Manchester United by three points PA Photos

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Roberto Mancini is targeting victory over Manchester United to hand his side the advantage in the Premier League title race on Monday – in what he hopes will be the start of his lasting legacy at Manchester City .

The Red Devils make the short trip across Manchester to the Etihad Stadium knowing defeat will move Mancini’s side into first place with two games remaining.

Mancini admits winning the league title with City would be special because of their 44-year wait for a top flight crown, and he wants the league title to be the first of many during a successful reign at the Eastlands outfit.

“There are some managers who go to a club that is already set up to win as it has top players, but for me it is different – I’ve always gone to clubs who haven’t won anything for a long time,” Mancini told the Manchester Evening News.

“Winning trophies is important everywhere – whether it is Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester City – but when you win with a club like City you change history as well and that would give me a greater sense of satisfaction.

“For over 40 years they haven’t won the league championship so, if we do it, it will be better than winning it with a club who are used to winning titles.”

Mancini spent three seasons at Internazionale and ended the club’s 16-year wait for domestic silverware, winning the Coppa Italia in 2005 before guiding the San Siro outfit to three successive Serie A titles.

Mancini is hoping to repeat that feat at Eastlands and is aiming to establish City as one of Europe’s heavyweights alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid and United.

“It is important we don’t win just one championship,” added Mancini.

“I want to leave a legacy. I want all the Manchester City supporters to remember me for winning many trophies because I have worked well here.

“If you win the title there can be no debate about who is the number one team in Manchester for this year at least – but United have a fantastic history and it is impossible to change this.

“For us, our targets should be to match the achievements of United, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the future.”

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