Abu Dhabi billionaire is on international business and will be represented by chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak as City seek first trophy in 35 years
By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour will not be at Wembley on Saturday to watch the FA Cup final, Goal.com UK has learned.
City take on Stoke and are desperate to win their first trophy in 35 years after securing Champions League qualification with a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Tuesday night.
Sheikh Mansour had hoped to fly to London for the match but will instead be on important international business for Abu Dhabi and will have to watch the final in person.
He will be represented at Wembley by City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, who also attended the semi-final triumph against rivals Manchester United. The rest of the club's board will also be in attendance.
Despite transforming City with ￡750 million investment since taking over the club in August 2009, Shiekh Mansour has only been to Eastlands once – to watch Roberto Mancini's side beat Liverpool 3-0 in August.
The Sheikh bought City from Thaksin Shinawatra for ￡210m and has pumped more than ￡350m into the club for player acquisitions while spending another ￡200m on off-field improvements.
City believe it is vital to lift the FA Cup on Saturday as a starting point to win further silverware in the future, with the Premier League title and Champions League glory both in their sights.
“We have created history already by getting into the Champions League, but it is time City won a trophy,” said manager Mancini ahead of the game.
The Italian will make a late decision over whether to start captain Carlos Tevez, who returned from a hamstring injury to play 12 minutes against Tottenham and is fighting to prove his fitness.