Mancini takes strength from Cup defeat

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed it was his side's 3-2 FA Cup defeat by Manchester United in January that persuaded him his side were capable of winning major honours.

City head to in-form Newcastle on Sunday defending their status as Premier League leaders with just two games of the season remaining. The Blues owe their position to Monday's victory over United at the Etihad Stadium.

But Mancini has to wind back a further three-and-a-half months for the point when he knew his side would not approach such a battle with an inferiority complex, and he said: "For playing against United, the FA Cup game in January when we lost 3-2 was really important. It wasn't the 6-1. That game was easy. But in the FA Cup, we had to play with 10 men for 80 minutes and we were also 3-0 down."

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