United still No.1 - Mancini

Image: Mancini: Hoping for progress both and home and Europe this season

Roberto Mancini believes rivals Man United are still ahead of his own side but feels that could soon change.

City boss aims to catch rivals this season

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes rivals United are still ahead of his own side but feels that could change come the end of the season. The two Manchester clubs clash at Wembley on Sunday in the Community Shield ahead of a campaign where they are expected to compete against each other for both domestic and European honours. Big-spending City have added Gael Clichy, Stefan Savic and Sergio Aguero to their squad as they look to improve on last season's third place finish and FA Cup victory. Champions United though have also been busy in the transfer market, bringing in Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea. Mancini believes it is those shrewd additions by Sir Alex Ferguson that keeps United just ahead of his own side. "Manchester United at the moment are on top," said the 46-year-old. "They are a strong team, they won the Barclays Premier League and have bought four or five good players. "It is very close but at the moment they are above us."


Despite Sunday's Wembley clash being a friendly Mancini stressed his desire to put an early marker down in a season where he hopes City can finally overtake United at the top. "United have played this game a lot of times and it is normal for them to play this game," added the Italian. "For us it is not, it has been a long time. It is also important because it is a derby and we want to win, like United. "We need to forget what we did last year, it is finished. "The pressure should be in the future. We want to improve. "Our targets are top of the table, Champions League, FA Cup, to win every game and the Carling Cup. "I am not a magician but I am sure we can do a better job than last year."

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