Roberto Mancini: Manchester United would be second if I signed transfer targets

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Manchester United’s dominance over rivals Manchester City this season is down to Roberto Mancini not getting the players he wanted last summer.

The Citizens boss claimed his counterpart at Old Trafford would not be sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League if he got his way in the summer transfer window.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men host their fierce rivals on Monday night and Mancini revealed he was close to getting the players that would have meant his side not being 15 points adrift in second.

It was quite a boast from Mancini as he even claimed his side would have knocked out one of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League stages.

“We would probably be at the top... probably also in a Champions League quarter-final,” he told reporters.

“We had a chance to get three or four players that would have improved our team but now it is finished with.”

There are only eight games remaining in the league and Manchester City are almost certain to lose the title they won last year in such dramatic fashion, even if they manage a win at Old Trafford.

One of the targets Mancini missed out on was reportedly former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman’s electric form for the first half the season was largely responsible for Manchester United’s lead at the top and Sir Alex Ferguson recently suggested his star striker was never going to join the Etihad Stadium side.

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