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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City fan on sacking Mancini and Manchester talent

Continuing with the fan in previews, Rob Pollard from Typical City discusses all things from the blue side of Manchester. Follow @TypicalCity on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?

Rob: Hugely disappointing. Even though we had a really tough group with Madrid and Dortmund, the Champions League campaign was poor, and our defence of the title was incredibly insipid. We also lost a cup final to a relegated side and sacked the manager.

So, yeah, not the best all things considered.

Scott: Who was your best player?

Rob: Pablo Zabaleta was fantastic last season, from the first game to the last. His commitment has never been in question, and last season he was also absolutely brilliant, defensively and going forward. He won our Player of the Year and it must have been a landslide victory.

Matija Nastasic also deserves a mention. For a 19-year-old with only one season in Serie A behind him to come in and perform like he did was very special indeed.

Scott: Which player are you expecting most important in 2013-2014?

Rob: David Silva is City’s most important player, certainly in an attacking sense, so he will be vital. He was good last season but in truth he was way short of what he was in 2011/12.

I think Pellegrini needs to make it an absolute priority to play him centrally as often as possible and get him back to his best.

Scott: If you could take one United player, who would it be?

Rob: There’s a few I like. Vidic is a player it’s difficult not to admire, he’s probably the best centre-back I’ve seen at United, and when you consider you’ve had Stam and Ferdinand that’s quite a statement. I also like Kagawa a lot. I know he didn’t have a great season but with players like him it can take a year for them to find their feet. He’s got a great brain and I can see him being a big player for United this year.

But if I had to choose one it would be Van Persie. If we’d signed him last season, we’d have been champions. He’s that good.

Scott: Are you pleased Fergie’s retired?

Rob: I’m pleased in the sense that we no longer have to deal with the Fergie Factor, which undoubtedly existed. His ability to maximise the talents of his players was frightening; he’s the best manager the game has ever seen, no question about that.

At the same time, I’ve never known a time without him, so I think I’ll miss him in a way. I know he could be a right twat at times but he usually did it for the good of United. I admire him greatly.

Scott: Where do you think your club will finish this season?

Rob: I’m going to say first but I’m not sure a season as ever been as hard to predict as this one.

Scott: Where do you think United will finish?


Scott: Do you agree with the decision to sack Mancini?

Rob: I think there is an argument it was harsh but on balance it was probably the right move. There’s no doubt we regressed last season and our board won’t accept that. Mancini oversaw consistent progression for two-and-a-half years after taking over but there’s no doubt he lost his way badly last season.

I love Mancini and always will. He took us on massively and won us some silverware. He’ll always be remembered fondly, which makes a really nice change from most other managers.

Scott: City never really got in to the title race last season after winning the league the season before. What went wrong?

A few things. We didn’t do well enough in the summer transfer window and, as a result, were very rigid tactically: if Plan A failed, we had nothing to switch to. We also didn’t score enough goals – 27 less than the previous year when we won the title.

Scott: How much do you wish City would bring through their own (local) young players like United?

Rob: It’d be lovely and I think the club are making a huge effort to do that in the future. The £100 million academy complex is staggering in its size and vision, so we will hopefully see that bear fruit at some point down the line.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. parjo says:

    Fair answers, from a city fan.
    I’m still thinking we’ll be number one at May.
    Our games at pre season didn’t look well, but I think it’s because DM still experimenting..

  2. davidjones says:

    I would honestly love it for all these dumb fucks from these club to take their views on where they expect us to finish, and shove it where the sun don’t shine. I don’t care if they are being condescending or not. I just don’t want to hear their views on where they expect us to finish. I don’t want their love or sympathy. There is no pact between men and lions. No pact between light and darkness. No pact between Champions and these pathetic dreamers and most definitely no pact between devils and mere mortals

  3. motonews says:

    Fair comments from a City fan…………. however Moyes is likely to do you guys in as Fergie did last season. In fact its United, Chelsea, City and Arsenal/Toties at four. In that order.

  4. davidjones says:

    This is the premier league. This is war. We do not play…as the old quote goes, “Football isn’t a matter of life and death. It is much more important than that”

  5. TheRedderDevil says:

    Haven’t posted in a while as at times its just depressing being on this site and reading so called fans call each other wums and trolls.
    Anyways i got some’n on Nick powell and Fergie’s equivalent.

  6. Rukky says:

    Good interview, and a honest one at that. Btw why is there no talk of a new vida contract? Hope we keep the big striker slayer

  7. gingerprince18 says:

    Carrick is injured with eye infection. *sigh*

  8. Rukky says:

    Theres no worry about carrick, he will line up against swansea

  9. Costas says:

    “At the same time, I’ve never known a time without him, so I think I’ll miss him in a way.”

    How true is that. I appreciate the honesty.

  10. everydayislikesunday says:

    Carrick could play blind, he’s that good at the mo’

  11. mes says:

    Ha haa, a City fan moaning because they didn’t spend enough to win the title.


    Cheap lemonade club with champagne money. The old addage is never truer, money certainly does not buy class. Although, it can buy you a title.

    “we didn’t do well enough in the transfer window” ha haa. How about your team of expensive geniuses underperformed? Ah well, just need to buy more huh? That’s how it works right?

    “if we had signed him last season, we’d have been champions” hilarious.

    City have bought a couple of trophies and they talk like they’re entitled to be disgruntled with not being able to buy more. Utterly disgusting.

    In my lifetime there will be a moment where the money men get tired of “the project” and move on to bankroll something else. Karma will see City back to where they belong and City fans can get back to doing what they do best, hating United more than they love their own team.

  12. gazzer says:

    I think we could easily end up 3rd. Not much difference between us, Chelsea and City

  13. MansionofTheReds says:


    the guy was polite and generally spoke well about united with no snide comments. why do u have to trash him and say he’s moaning? i give him his due. i think its a fair answer to a difficult question. but karma is definitely a bitch

  14. montanared says:

    mes, laughing my ass off, thanks for a bit of fire in the belly three days before the season starts.

  15. montanared says:

    Carrick eye infection, nice to see our best midfielder prioritizing United ahead of England, hard to believe it’s not Scholes.

  16. mes says:

    @mansionofthereds, think I explained my thoughts on why pretty clearly to be honest. it’s all banter mate. but it’s true city bought a title and a trophy. and it’s true they look at it as if they’ve suddenly become a great side. it’s not really sport is it? imagine the mens 100m being decided by who could afford the best trainers? and some guy who was admittedly rubbish suddenly getting a rich mate who bought him the best pair so he won. earned? justified? in the spirit of sport? right?

    @montanared, thanks mate, glad you enjoyed.


  17. belfastred says:

    Who would he take frm United as a player. “There’s few he likes” but mentions 3. Lol.

  18. King Eric says:

    Seems a decent lad but why spend hundred million on academy? They won’t get a fucking sniff.

  19. Norman-85 says:

    @Belfastred – are you Michael Carrick in disguise – bit of an eye problem there :-) – the guy said “There’s a few I like”.

  20. belfastred says:

    norm85. haha. totally misread that. maybe in my subconscious im trying to pick out negatives as hes a bitter :-)

  21. M40 RED says:

    City fans make me piss. Banging on about how they didn’t buy enough players to win the title? and how they had a tough group in the European cup ( boo fucking hoo ) and if they had landed Van Persie they WOULD have won the title?????????? Utter bollocks yet again from this lot. I hated Mancini but i was disgusted at how they sacked him. He brought them the FA cup and somehow got them a league title and then he got them 2nd place and they fucked him off?? Shame on City i say. Just another Chelsea thats all they are. No class.

  22. mes says:

    @M40 Red

    Round of applause mate. Thought I was the only one who wasn’t “oh he seems like a nice bloke”

    A bitter moaning because they didn’t buy the title is what I read.

  23. cam says:

    first time in my lifetime i’ve felt city have a better manager than us(i really rate pellegrini),so it’s going to be close. robin will need to stay fit all season.

  24. cam says:

    and i thought the answers were genuine,i think some people are looking too deeply into a normal lad making normal answers. without spending money none of are teams would be at the top…not a single team could sustain yearly title challenges if they didnt spend 10s of millions,citeh had to play catch up though in the age of inflated transfers(wen 7mil gets u scott sinclair, not breaks the british transfer record) so it caught the attention more. they are a rival and we should enjoy it,instead of rageing about it. its good for manchester and football.


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