Manchester City first-team coach David Platt believes the side must defeat archrivals Manchester United this weekend if they are to maintain their challenge for the Premier League title this season.
City currently sit five points behind league leaders United having played one game more and Platt says the Citizens must win each one of their remaining Premier League fixtures starting with Saturday’s Manchester derby.
Platt said: “We can’t go to Old Trafford, win the match and then hope that a team which has never capitulated under pressure in 10 or 12 years of the Premier League will do so. We should be hoping to do something we can control, which is win every football match we play between now and the end of the season.
“That’s a tall order but you take each game as it comes and that starts at Old Trafford. If we can take the three points we will take them”
Patrick Vieira has warned his Manchester City teammates that Manchester United will be out to prove a point by defeating their arch rivals when the two sides meet this Saturday at Old Trafford.
United currently sit top of the league, five points ahead of their city rivals with one game in hand.
The Red Devils suffered their first league defeat of the season at the Molineux at the hands of Mick McCarthy’s Wolves and Vieira has admitted he expects United to come out fighting and his teammates must be up for the challenge if they are to remain in contention for the league title: “We must expect a backlash and a battle. Big clubs like United always talk about the importance of never losing two times in a row. They will want to bounce back to winning ways immediately.”
City want Pirlo.
Manchester City could be ready to approach Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo after contract negotiations between the player and his club were put on hold, according to the Daily Mail.
The 31-year-old has 18 months remaining on his £4.3million-a-year contract with the Rossoneri and the club have refused to enter contract talks with the player until April but club President Adriano Galliani is hoping to keep hold of the player who has spent ten years at the San Siro.
Roberto Mancini is understood to be a big fan of the Italy international but would have to fight off Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho for the acquisition of the midfielder.