Let's get straight into it. Roberto Mancini is not the best manager in England. Either he has been hamstrung by those above him and he cannot get the best out of the players that were brought in at his behest, or he chose the players himself and cannot get them to do what he wants. Either way, it doesn't look good for his recent claim. Manchester City won narrowly on Monday night against Aston Villa, and it was, in many respects, the same old story. Yet again, there was no spark, merely a nod towards the talent the squad boasts. Yaya Toure showed his strength on one particular occasion in the first half, David Silva played a slide-rule pass after the break. Carlos Tevez came up with the goods after the opposition faltered. That was it.
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