Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli endured a horror afternoon in defeat to Manchester United.

The Daily Mail says Roberto Mancini gambled on his mercurial striker, handing him a start over the in-form Carlos Tevez at the Etihad Stadium.

But his decision backfired as United stormed into a two goal lead before Carlos Tevez came off the bench to help launch a comeback, only for Robin van Persie to steal all three points in the dying seconds.

And Balotelli's day didn't get any better after the final whistle - as he tried to escape the ground in his camouflaged Bentley Continental GT, he was mobbed by Man United fans.