Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes some of his Premier League peers may indulge in mind games because they never made it to the top as players.

City are determined to challenge the Premier League's big four this season and their attempt to fast-track themselves to the top by way of spending big has been criticised by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, while Arsenal and Liverpool counterparts Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez have attacked the way City's spending has distorted the transfer market.

Hughes, who played with distinction for Manchester United and Barcelona among others, told the Daily Express: "I have never had to court publicity myself because I played for top clubs. I was reticent to say too much at all when I was playing. The truth is I never had to, because my performances generated headlines anyway. I was good at what I did and that was enough."

He added: "That has been my way for 45 years so I don't think I will suddenly become one for mind games. But other managers feel that their profile has been raised and they have to do that. Maybe it is because they have not played at a certain level.

"I'm aware managers are saying things about us at the moment but I see that as trying to ease pressure on themselves - that is predictable."

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