Mancini: We’re underdogs

MANCHESTER CITY manager Roberto Mancini is relishing his side’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United, but insists his side will be considerable underdogs.

Under Mancini City have suffered four agonising defeats to the men from Old Trafford, the latest coming last month when Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick settled matters.

Mancini’s side have an opportunity to redress the balance at Wembley next month after Micah Richards’ 73rd-minute winner knocked out Championship side Reading.

But the Italian insists it will be next season before big-spending City can really regard themselves as United’s equals.

“It is a great semi-final,” he said. “We are very close with all the top squads but we need to improve more and maybe next year we will be at the same level.

“But it is important that we played a good game at Old Trafford last time and we have a chance to win, like them.

“Revenge is the wrong word. Every year in football you can meet your opponent, two times minimum.”