Ferguson insists Man City to blame for Balotelli-Mancini scene

Sir Alex Ferguson has attacked Manchester City’s lack of security at their training ground for the images of Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli’s “bust-up”, The Daily Mail has reported.

Images surfaced yesterday of an angry confrontation between the City manager and the Italian striker after Balotelli apparently made a bad tackle on team mate Scott Sinclair. And whilst Balotelli is once again attracting the headlines, United manager Ferguson believes it’s the club’s fault for allowing such images to be taken from the nearby public footpath.

“A lot of clubs I know don’t allow it [the taking of pictures]. How you can do your work and if you want to do tactical work, how do you do it with press around you,” said Ferguson of the issue of photographers and press at training sessions.

“It is very difficult to coach and go work related to a game because you don’t know where the information can go. Clubs like Real Madrid, the press were there every day. That stopped under Jose [Mourinho]”.

There is heavy speculation surrounding Balotelli and his possible transfer away from City now that the January transfer window has opened. Mancini has already come out today to defend Balotelli, saying he will give the striker ‘a 100 chances’ and he still won’t sell him.

The Italian striker was a key figure in City’s title win last season, scoring 19 goals in all competitions. However, he has just one league goal in 13 appearances this season, and appears to be 4th choice behind Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez. Yesterday’s bust up between Mancini and Balotelli won’t ease transfer speculation, despite Mancini’s defence of the 22 year-old.

City are limited in what they can do in regards to photographers at their training grounds, with the footpaths surrounding the training pitches considered public property. Ferguson joked about United’s own privacy issues at training saying: “Fortunately at our place we can protect against it to a certain degree. Sometimes a photographer tries to wander across the woods, but now we’ve put those Wolves in there, they don’t come.”

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