LONDON: Roberto Mancini has taken a fresh dig at Manchester United by claiming Norwich will give them a harder game than the champions.
Mancini takes his Manchester City side to Carrow Road today knowing victory will cut United’s lead at the top to two points.
City entertain United at the end of the month in a game that could well decide the title.
But Mancini insists it is the Canaries who are giving him most concern as he ramps up the title mind games.
The Italian said: “United is easy. We could lose or we could win but it is an easy game. Against United or Chelsea, our concentration will be 100 per cent.
“The problem will be against Norwich. Against Norwich you might think it is an easy game. But it will be really tough.
“They are a good team and we have only had two days to recover.”
Mancini revealed Yaya Toure could return after missing the midweek victory over West Brom with a knee injury.
The Italian also backed the comments of United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen that the Red Devils have greater togetherness.
The Etihad chief said: “I agree with him.
“They have big experience and are a fantastic team. We are nothing.
“But sometimes the best team, or the team that has balance, doesn’t win.
“But I am proud of my players for everything, including our mistakes.
“We are not on the moon. We are normal, like all normal people we can make mistakes.”
And Meulensteen insisted United would never sign a “frustrating” player like Mario Balotelli.
“I don’t believe that Sir Alex would sign a player like Balotelli. We shouldn’t get in people like him — they only bring frustration.”
Meulensteen also revealed Fergie has made personal checks on Lille’s £30mil-rated playmaker Eden Hazard.
The Dutchman added: “The manager wanted to see Hazard by himself.
“That’s a sign he thinks it’s an interesting player.”
But Meulensteen denied any interest in PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman. — Agencies
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