Milner defended City Mancini against claims he is too aloof and detached from his players, fostering the perception of a lack of unity.
"I think that's pretty much the way it is at every club, to be honest," he said. "The manager will have a laugh and a joke when he's on the training ground and we'll do the work, but the manager always has to be detached.
"The staff will get involved and obviously we've got [Brian] Kiddo and [David] Platty and people like that, who get more involved in the banter.
"But, from my experience, it's always pretty much like that - the manager is the boss and what he says goes. You have to keep that distance, but it's not like he ignores the players or doesn't speak to them."