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Mancini: Given is one of the world's best keepers

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New Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini rates Shay Given amongst the world's top five goalkeepers.

Mancini is looking for a victory at Wolves on Monday to maintain a push for a Champions League slot that started with a win against Stoke on Saturday. Goals from Martin Petrov and Carlos Tevez did the damage but it also took a couple of superb saves from Given to secure that precious triumph in Mancini's first match in charge following the dismissal of Mark Hughes.

"Shay is among the top five keepers in the world," said Mancini. "You have Buffon, (Petr) Cech and a couple of others but Shay is right up there. Against Stoke he made saves in one or two situations that were absolutely crucial."

For once, Sunday's results went as would normally be expected. In a sense though, that played right into City's hands.

Mancini freely admits he knows little about Mick McCarthy's men, which might lend itself to picking a very similar side.

That would certainly suit Petrov, who has been dropped immediately after two of the three other occasions that he has scored this season prior to his weekend tap-in.

It is part of the reason why the Bulgarian will not be shedding many tears at Hughes' plight.

"Now is not the time to talk about my situation," said Petrov.

"But too many things have happened to me over the last six months and come the time, at some point in the future, I will tell you 100%.

"It would not be good for the new manager if I did it now. But what the old one did with me was not fair. I am just a football player. I cannot do anything apart from work hard on the pitch. I just hope after scoring this time I don't go to the bench because that is what seems to have happened every other time this season."

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