While fans have been angered by Mancini's departure, there will not have been many tears shed in the dressing room.
And Zabaleta, City's Player of the Year, said: "The fans have shown a massive support for Roberto and it's always great to see support like that.
"He won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Community Shield.
"But often in football this happens and if you are not winning things then the situation can change very quickly. When you look at the players we have got we have some great individuals - but this year has not been good enough."