Negatives, no positives...
- Sun 01 Apr 2012, 9:52AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Much of today’s Press does not make pleasant reading, but that was to be expected.
City’s rare off-day at the Etihad Stadium was always going to grab the headlines, but there were other ingredients in the clash with Sunderland aside from an unusually fragile display by the Blues.
The centre of attention is, as usual, Mario Balotelli, with every move the Italian striker makes put under the microscope.
Though no City player played anywhere near their best against the Black Cats, Mario’s performance is the only one the journalists are interested in.
The disagreement with Aleks Kolarov is the main thread, but despite Roberto Mancini saying he didn't play as well as he can, he did act as peacemaker when Edin Dzeko was clearly upset with a Sunderland player and also scored two goals, one a real howitzer, to take his tally to 17 for the season. No real mention of that, though.
There’s no mileage in raking over all the Mario stories in detail, but they are out there all the same
Perhaps the most interesting piece comes from former United midfielder Bryan Robson, who, in the Daily Star on Sunday is quoted as saying that he “walked around Manchester for 15 years and never saw a City fan”. Really?
If that walk was from his luxury car parked outside Old Trafford to the ground and back, maybe he’s right, but come on Robbo!
Maybe a day to wash the car instead of reading the Sunday papers!