Roy Keane used his first column in The Sunday Sun to sing the praises of a team from Manchester - but it wasn't United who earned the former Ipswich manager's plaudits.

The ex-Red Devil heaped praise on the blue half of Manchester by suggesting the club have done themselves massive favours in the last week - after they cruised past Porto to progress into the later stages of the Europa League.

Keane, 40, said: "Alex Ferguson would have smelled blood. But now City are back in a strong position.

"We all know the Europa League is not a priority for either City or United. Yet Roberto Mancini will be feeling a lot better than Ferguson after last week."

After coasting past Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at the weekend, the Citezens maintained their two point advantage over local rivals United, with the club hosting a struggling Bolton side in their next Premier League fixture.

Irishman Keane also pointed out that Mancini will be used to the pressures of winning silverware as the season draws nearer to its climax.

He added: "Mancini has won Serie A with Inter Milan, so its not like he's a novice"

The return of one Carlos Tevez has also been highly publicised, with the Argentine expected to feature in City's upcoming games - which is something Keane only see's as a positive.

He said: "Even without playing a game, Tevez coming back has strengthened City. His presence has the other strikers on their toes."

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