Premier League - Managers: Mancini backing United

Thu, 12 Apr 08:13:00 2012

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini does not think title rivals Manchester United will fail to win the Premier League, despite their slip-up at Wigan.

Mancini: United strong

Manchester City 4-0 West Bromwich Albion

Roberto Mancini: "United are a fantastic team and I don't think they can lose five points. For us it is important that we finish this good season for us well. This is the best season since 1968 and this is important. I fight always, every day, and also my team but now I think it is too late. I think they have fantastic spirit, United. We don't have the same spirit and for this reason I think this is very difficult."

Roy Hodgson: "I thought we regrouped and kept ourselves in the game in the first half and worked hard to restrict the chances. But we always knew we could not give away an early second goal because they were playing very well and we were finding it hard to get a foothold in the game. After the second goal we conceded a third one very quickly. After that we were looking at 30 minutes left to play against a very confident and very skilful Manchester City team. We had to keep going, which we did and I can't criticise my players for that."

Wigan Athletic 1-0 Manchester United

Roberto Martinez: "It has been such a tough week since the Chelsea game. But we could not feel we had someone to blame or be sorry for ourselves. It was very important that we focused on our performance. At half-time it was exactly the same. The players had a real anger about them but we used it to our advantage. The players showed a mature side to their approach."

Alex Ferguson: "Wigan were the better team. They are very under-rated team and we were completely dominated in the first half. We were second to every ball and only had one shot at goal. It was one of these off nights you get. We have been on a great run and it has put us in a position where we can win the league, so we have to get over the disappointment of tonight."

Queens Park Rangers 3-0 Swansea City

Mark Hughes: "If we carry on playing like we have been doing at home, I'm convinced we'll be fine. People looked at our run-in and told us it was too hard, but we're getting good results at the moment. There are going to be twists and turns, but that will happen at the top and the bottom. We've just got to get on with our business, and if we can do that we can be a match for anyone."

Brendan Rodgers: "I can only apologise to our supporters. I have never had to do that before but we were poor. We beat ourselves. It's been a terrific season but we need to get over the finishing line. What I have said to the players is that we're not mathematically safe. We need to re-group and if we can do that then it will have been an iconic season for us."

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Arsenal

Terry Connor (on Sebastien Bassong red card and subsequent penalty): "There's definitely a tangle. The interpretation was Bassong fouled Theo. I just don't think the punishment fitted the actual crime. You could argue that he was the last man. The ref has no choice according to the rules but the rules look a bit harsh. It spoils the game for the supporters a little because they know they (Wolves) have little chance after that to come back. If they play with the heart, spirit and determination they did tonight, I can't ask anymore."

Arsene Wenger: "It is important for a striker, even like Robin van Persie who was not used to not scoring in the season, to find the net. He equalled the record of Ian Wright who scored against 17 different teams out of 19 in the Premier League. That is absolutely remarkable in the modern game to be able to do that. I'd like to congratulate him on that. When you only have 19 teams, and your striker has scored against 17 teams, that is something sensational. He could have beaten the record if he had scored against Manchester City at the weekend."

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