Mancini agrees with criticism

Man City boss agrees that his squad lack togetherness

Roberto Mancini: The Manchester City boss agreed that his players play for themselves

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Roberto Mancini has agreed with Manchester United's assistant that Manchester City lack togetherness within their squad.

In another episode of mind games between the two clubs, Mancini has backed up Rene Meulensteen's comments that City "play for themselves".

The Red Devils are set to beat their rivals to the title this season as they lead by five points with just five games left to play.

City have been lumbered with player problems this season following Carlos Tevez's refusal to warm-up in the Champions League along with Mario Balotelli's ill-discipline.

Meulensteen has blasted City's squad and believes his manager Sir Alex Ferguson would not have tolerated the behaviour of certain players.

Individuals

He said: "City do not have a well-balanced team. They only have individuals who play for themselves.

"You can see that City lack the right team spirit. There is no chance of Balotelli playing for Manchester United. A player who gets up to the antics he does has no place at our club."

But, rather than defending his squad, Mancini has simply agreed with Meulensteen and believes United have the upper hand.

He said, apparently with tongue in cheek: "I agree with him.

"They have big experience and are a fantastic team. We are nothing.

"But sometimes the best team, or the team that has balance, doesn't win."