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Hart contradicts Mancini: United deserve 15 point lead

After missing out on the title and finishing on the same points as City last season, United have run away with it this season, going in to derby day with the potential of going 18 points clear.

After beating City away from home, as well as picking up wins against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool, United have proven beyond any question which team is the best this season, and it’s unlikely that we will need to rely on goal difference to be named champions.

However, Roberto Mancini believes that the table lies and that despite us having dropped points in just 5 games this season, United aren’t 15 points better than City.

“We don’t deserve to stay 15 points behind. They have played very well, they have won a lot of games,” Mancini said. “The last 18 (unbeaten) – the last time they lost was Norwich. They deserve to stay on the top, but not 15 points. It is not a true table. Now we have eight games. If we play well, if we win a lot of these games, maybe we can reduce this gap. This should be our target in this moment.”

However, City keeper Joe Hart has contradicted his manager and insisted that the table paints a true reflection of the difference between the two clubs.

“United have been a machine who have kept killing and we haven’t,” he said. “They were always going to come back strongly this season and we intended to do the same. It’s just how the season panned out. Every team will say you need at least eight performing and sometimes we haven’t had that. That’s not a criticism of anyone. It’s tough to be at your best all season. But it’s not like United have won a bonus game worth 15 points and gone above us. They have kept winning and we haven’t so it has to be a true reflection.”


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13 Comments

  1. parryheid says:

    Joe Brave must be looking to get his face punched in.

  2. AlphaRS says:

    Anyone seen his head and shoulders advert? Cringeworthy.
    Also THE LEAGUE TABLE DOES NOT LIE…!

  3. Doron says:

    deluded Italian

  4. CJ7 says:

    Good day fellow REDS
    Little off topic…David Moyes voted manager of the month and Verthongen player of the month for March…though the form guide clearly shows SAF and perhaps DDG being the more worthy contenders. Our beloved team are unbeaten for six consecutive games in the league…winning all six and havent conceded a goal either…surely the award should be handed to the best contender…

  5. Andromeda says:

    Mancini is playing a useless mind games and Hart is aware of that…mission accomplished.

  6. CJ7 says:

    Mancini and his team had their share of luck last season…when QPR suddenly decide not to defend anymore knowing they are safe and Barton decided to give his old team a helping hand…Mancini should keep quiet and start asking the prince some more pounds…cause they gonna need it nxt season

  7. wayne says:

    No love lost between Hart and Bobby Manc can’t see many players having very much respect for him.I don’t remeber anytime Mancini blamed himself for anything he blames the the players after every bad result
    He’s a slimly little cunt

  8. Kings says:

    Toff cunt

  9. bombay_devil says:

    So, Joe Hart has displayed more common sense than I’ve previously given him credit for. STILL nowhere near what’s required.

  10. Missunited says:

    But that is the truth. For that reason, United will give you only one goal on Monday

  11. Mark Nevin says:

    Good to see some honesty coming out of the city camp for a change. Clearly Hart realises, as Mancini doesn’t, that those comments about luck just leave them looking stupid. In Hart’s case that Head & Shoulders advert has already achieved this, of course.

  12. Hans says:

    On thing the clown should know is that Shitty never deserved the title last year!!!!

  13. Red Robin says:

    Sounds like good cop bad cop tactic. :) )

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