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Whilst the sale of Mario Balotelli from Manchester City to AC Milan was the right move to make for Roberto Mancini, the transfer window still doesn't reflect all that well on him this time around.
First off is the issue of Balotelli, whose £19 million transfer to the Italian giants means that City have lost a total of £5 million since signing him in 2010.
And whilst that isn't entirely bad, it's hard to say that they got everything they wanted from the Italian international on the pitch—especially given all the drama and controversy that surrounded the 22-year-old every time he stepped off the pitch also.
Mancini stuck his neck out time and time again for Mario, with their recent training ground spat and subsequent forgiveness a prime example of that.
And yet, his departure means that Mancini was willing to concede he was wrong on Balotelli—he was no longer worth having at the club anymore. In other words, he was wrong in his £24 million spent on the Italian and he was wrong to have stuck up for him time and time again.
That can't be a great reflection on the Citizens manager.
Also, City did not bring anybody in this winter, which in itself is not an issue, but when you're trailing by seven points in the Premier League, is somewhat of an issue. They've already been knocked out of the Champions League without winning a single game and now they face defeat in the domestic competition also unless they can get their act together and start catching United.
They have a talented squad, which is why Mancini didn't bring anybody in, but still—something could have been done to try and bridge that gap back.
There's no point waiting until the summer to try and win anything this year, and Mancini's decision not to move on anything could indicate a small resignation of defeat to some.
I guess it's all in the way you interpret his actions, but for mine, Mancini should have done more this winter than just selling Balotelli and failing to find a replacement.