Football - United exit bad news for Mancini

Manchester City's FA Cup tie with Championship strugglers Barnsley this weekend could take on extra importance following Manchester United's elimination from the Champions League.

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City boss Roberto Mancini had hoped United would progress at the expense of Real Madrid this week to provide a distraction from their increasingly strong Barclays Premier League title march.

City need to overturn a 12-point deficit in just 10 games to retain their title and with United now concentrating fully on domestic matters, the FA Cup seems their best hope of silverware.

Mancini said: "It is clear now it is worse for us because they can put all their strength in the championship.

"It was better they stayed in the Champions League. When you play an important game every three days it is more difficult.

"But it was difficult (for us) before the game against Madrid.

"I think they have an advantage because 12 points are too much but our job is to try until the end of the season."

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