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Citizens' assistant manager says the Italian's reaction at the final whistle against QPR was the same as his United counterpart's when the Red Devils became champions in 1993

Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd believes Roberto Mancini is made of the same stuff as Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Kidd revealed that when City were crowned champions of England last weekend, Mancini’s reaction was reminiscent of Sir Alex’s response when the Red Devils won their first Premier League title in 1993.

Kidd told The Sunday Mirror: “Without doubt I thought back to that first title with United in 1993.

“There were so many similarities. When Manchester last dominated football in the 1960s, who would have thought that a club like United would go 26 years without winning the league, and City would go 44 years?

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“But there was something else. I ­remember looking at Sir Alex after that first title and he was like ‘that’s history now.’ It was a case of looking forward.

“It is the same with the gaffer [Mancini]. He will look at the players now. He will look to see their hunger, who wants it.

“You have to celebrate these moments because they are special, but then you have got to look to the future.

“The question ­Roberto Mancini will be asking now is ‘who wants more? Who wants to keep on ­winning?’

“I have said before that Roberto is cut from the same cloth as Sir Alex and people thought I was being a balloon.

“But the top managers handle themselves in a certain way and we have seen over the past two years that Roberto has what it takes to make the big decisions.

“He knows how to handle top players and big personalities. They don’t frighten him one bit. Look at the way he ­handled himself in the last few weeks of the season, ­taking all the pressure on himself and off the players.

“He did a fantastic job keeping everyone calm and just getting on with the job of playing football.

“Tactically he’s very good at setting the team up and changing things during a game. If things aren’t right he will pick up on it straight away.”

The 62-year-old believes the team assembled by Mancini have proved they are capable of winning trophies and they are not just in it for the huge personal fortunes.

Kidd added: “People have constantly been lining up taking cheap shots at us this ­season. In fact, I honestly can’t believe some of the rubbish that has been said about the spirit and camaraderie here.

“But the people who question the spirit here are outsiders. They don’t know anything about Manchester City. This is our family. And like all good families there is the odd argument.

“But fights and arguments take place every single day at every football club in the country.

“I can’t give an opinion about what’s going on at Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United or Sunderland or Newcastle or Crewe, or even Crawley Town. Because I don’t know what’s going on at those clubs.

“So I don’t understand why people outside Manchester City feel the need to be so judgmental about us.

“But the lads answered all the criticism they’ve had in those last five minutes against QPR. A legacy in football isn’t about how much money you have got.

“When the players we’ve got here finish their careers the only thing they will want to talk about is what they’ve won.”


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