Man City boss Mancini to give youngsters FA Cup chance

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits he will field a weakened line-up in their FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits he will field a weakened line-up in their FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough.

Mancini is keen to protect some of his senior players ahead of next week's Carling Cup semifinal against Manchester United.

"We do not have a very big squad so one or two young players who have been training with the first team might have to play," said Mancini.

"I know Middlesbrough will be a tough side to play on their own pitch and will see the tie as one where they can relax and try to take the scalp of a Premier League team.

"We don't want that to happen; we want to make progress because we know that by the time we reach the fourth round, a lot of our players will be back from injury."