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Roberto Mancini angered by Manuel Pellegrini rumours

Mancini's side lost the FA Cup final on Saturday (©GettyImages)
Mancini's side lost the FA Cup final on Saturday (©GettyImages).

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has openly criticised club officials for failing to support him at times this season - particularly when the media have reported that Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini could replace him this summer.

Wigan substitute Ben Watson's 90th-minute winner won the FA Cup on Saturday at the expense of finalists Manchester City, who will finish the season without a trophy.

The build up to the 1-0 loss to Wigan was dominated by media speculation that Mancini's job was on the line whether Manchester City would win or lose the game - and no doubt the loss didn't help Mancini's cause at all.

The charismatic Italian will need the support of all of his players following the defeat, but Mancini was quick to suggest that his team did not play well during the game, and told reporters he expected better.  

"They scored in the last minutes and for us it was difficult. I think we didn't play very well, but we had the chances- 2 or 3 to create a goal. In the end I don't think we played like we do usually," Mancini told reporters after the defeat.

Mancini will have been relying on some of his key players to aid him through the speculation, but they just didn't perform. Key midfield players like Yaya Toure, often so powerful, was average.

There also seemed to be a serious lack of firepower upfront, and this could be down to the failure to replace Mario Balotelli after his move to AC Milan, a move heavily criticised by Mancini. 

Mancini was quick to answer some of the questions regarding his future after the final whistle.

When asked: "What about your future? There has been speculation of course", Mancini replied: "It's rubbish the speculation. I will be here next season. I am very sorry for the 40,000 fans that came, our supporters."

 

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