Evening report: December 12

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has three games to save his job. (Daily Star)

The Italian tactician is on the brink as the fallout from Sunday's derby defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United continues.

Sir Alex Ferguson admits Nemanja Vidic's timely return from injury is a 'big bonus' for the Premier League leaders. (Sky Sports)

The commanding centre-half has been sidelined since 19th September after being forced to undergo another knee operation.

Arsenal are throwing their unequivocal backing behind under-fire manager Arsene Wenger. (Daily Mail)

An increasing number of Gunners supporters are calling for the Frenchman's head after a difficult start to the season - and club chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience at the Emirates Stadium tonight when he hosts a drinks reception for the Arsenal Supporters Trust.

Rafa Benitez admits Mexican opponents Monterrey will be better prepared for Thursday's Club World Cup clash as his Chelsea players fight the effects of jet-lag and fatigue. (Daily Mail)

The Blues opponents have been in Japan for 10 days and have already played once.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto is ready to give Tottenham a boost after returning to first-team training after more than three months away. (Sky Sports)

The 28-year-old has been Spurs' first-choice left-back for the last four seasons, but has made only three appearances under Andre Villas-Boas due to a niggling knee injury.

And finally, Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova says he "couldn't care less" about Real Madrid's disrespectful reaction to Lionel Messi's goalscoring record. (SNTV)

Vilanova says that everybody around the world recognises the quality the Argentinean has, adding that at just 25, he is already one of the big names in the history of the game.

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