Following City’s 3-3 draw at home to Sunderland this weekend, Alan Shearer reckons that our manager will have enjoyed not only the result but the behaviour of their players too.

“Alex Ferguson must have been laughing his head off watching the highlights of Manchester City’s game on Saturday,” he said. “It was not so much the fact they dropped another two points in the race for the title. It was the on-pitch implosion lead by Mario Balotelli which will have told him what he wanted to know. Manchester City are starting to crack. Balotelli’s behaviour on Saturday was a disgrace. He had spent the whole afternoon wrapped up in his own personal soap opera. At a time when City need everyone pulling in the same direction, he acted like a selfish spoilt brat. When it came to that second-half free-kick moment he turned even his own fans against him. City were struggling and running out of time when he chose to have a stand-up row with full-back Aleksandar Kolarov over who should take a free-kick. It sends out all the wrong messages. For City it was the low point of the season.”

Today’s papers have reported that Balotelli and Yaya Toure had to be dragged off each other at half-time and Mancini revealed that he was tempted to sub the striker off after five minutes following his attitude on the pitch.

Tick tock.

Video of the freekick fall out