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Balotelli taunts Man Utd ace Rooney: You would be lucky to make Man City bench

Mario Balotelli says Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney would be lucky to make the bench at Manchester City. The Italian said City's front three of himself, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko was superior to that of United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"He [Rooney] is a very good player but not the best in Manchester," said Balotelli.

"Our attack of Balotelli-Tevez-Dzeko is the best in the world - better even than Barcelona and Real Madrid. We are the strongest and we can win things now - we just lack conviction."

Balotelli, currently sidelined with a knee problem, also claimed United fans stop him in the street in Manchester and plead with him to move to Old Trafford.

"Do United fans insult me?" said Balotelli. "No, they stop me in the street and say 'Mario, come to us'.

"But I dream of beating them because I know how much the City fans care.

"They are wonderful with me. When they sang my name after the hat-trick I scored, I had chills."

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