LONDON: Roberto Mancini insists Manchester City will not suffer any lasting damage from their Community Shield collapse against Manchester United as long as they learn from their mistakes. The City boss was more concerned that his players understand the reason why they lost, principally their failure to retain possession well enough to frustrate United, and make sure they avoid a repeat in the more important matches to come. “I don’t think this result will affect us,” said Mancini. “It is not important for the Premier League, for the FA Cup or anything else.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2011.