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Man City's Mancini wants improvement from Yaya, indicates Balotelli could play against Man Utd

Roberto Mancini suggests that Yaya Toure will need to be better when Manchester City meet Manchester United next week.

City host United in a potentially title-defining clash at Etihad Stadium on Monday night and Mancini has urged Toure to produce a better showing than he did in the 2-0 win at Wolves on Sunday.

The Italian also indicated that right-back Micah Richards will be available following injury whilst bad boy Mario Balotelli may also be in contention following his three-match ban.

"If Yaya Toure is on form, he is a top player," Mancini said. "But we need him to be 100 per cent and on Sunday he was so-so.

"We also need to check on Micah Richards to see how his hamstring is. Providing he has recovered, with Mario Balotelli back from suspension, we will have everyone."

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