Media round-up: Tuesday, 29th November featuring Mancini, Beckham and Hargreaves
By Ric Turner, Tue 29 November 2011 09:22
City manager Roberto Mancini has vowed to ring the changes ahead of tonight's Carling Cup quarter final against Arsenal. Mancini is angry that City have to play just 48 hours after the Premier League clash against Liverpool, and hinted he may replace the entire team. "It’s incredible,” said Mancini. “It’s a quarter-final. We should play with 11 young players – maybe 14 or 15 years old, to make a statement. It’s not correct. Not so much for us but for the players. It’s not right. But we’ll go there and try to win it, of course.”
David Beckham has dismissed City's title aspirations this season, despite the Blues sitting five points clear at the top of the table. "I don't think Manchester City have a chance," Beckham reportedly told local media during Los Angeles Galaxy's Asian tour. "This season they have got a good team and have some good players, but Manchester United have more experience and know how to win a championship."
Arsene Wenger has admitted he considered the possibility of signing Owen Hargreaves for Arsenal before the midfielder opted to Manchester City. "When he played at Bayern Munich we followed him very closely, but I think he was sold to Manchester United for £17 million at the time when he only had one year left on his contract, so we didn't move in for him at that time" said Wenger. "In the summer, you consider it but we had players like Frimpong and Coquelin coming back - Song and Diaby in these defensive positions where we were not really in the need."