We must win, insists Mancini

MANCHESTER CITY boss Roberto Mancini has told his side they must beat relegation-threatened Aston Villa tonight to prevent last weekend’s three points in the win over Chelsea from going to waste.

City head to Villa Park second in the Premier League table, 15 points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand.

Defeat would leave Mancini’s side’s title hopes hanging by a thread and he wants his team to do a professional job against their struggling hosts, who go into the game inside the relegation zone on goal difference.

“If we don’t beat Aston Villa, it is like we did nothing against Chelsea,” he said. “The season is not finished. It is our job to play all the games 100 per cent and try to win.”

City are set to be without captain Vincent Kompany as he recovers from a calf injury and Villa boss Paul Lambert is eyeing a surprise.

“We are playing well enough to cause City trouble,” said Lambert, whose side have lost one of their last three league games.