Mancini aims to topple United
Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City could one day become England's biggest club.
Last Updated: 18/01/10 9:02pm
Roberto Mancini does not believe it is beyond the realms of possibility that Manchester City could one day become England's biggest club.
City have had to watch local rivals Manchester United enjoy all the success in recent years but the current financial situations of the two clubs has prompted suggestions that the gap is narrowing.
Mancini will experience his first derby on Tuesday when City welcome United to Eastlands for the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.
The Italian tactician respects his opponents but hopes City can carve out their own place in history.
Questioned on whether his club could eventually usurp United, Mancini said: "If we work well, it is possible.
"United have a big history. They have been a good team for many years.
"City can become a big team in the next year. It is most important that we get into the top four.
"That would change the situations. Surely it would be better if City were also a big club in the future because then Manchester could have two clubs in the Champions League."
Meanwhile, Mancini has again attempted to play down speculation about Robinho's future at the club.
The Brazilian was taken off in the second half of Saturday's defeat to Everton, despite having started the match as a substitute and come on for the injured Roque Santa Cruz in the early stages.
Mancini defended his decision after the game and has reiterated that Robinho was only replaced to give the team more balance.
"It was a bad night for us all. Robinho can play well but it is not always possible and on Saturday he played the same as his team-mates," he explained.
"When I put Wright-Phillips on I had to take a striker off because I cannot keep five forwards on the pitch.
"I had to decide between Robinho and Carlos."