Parents say Mancini loving life at Man City

Roberto Mancini's parents say their son is loving his new life with Manchester City. City face Manchester United tonight in a huge Carling Cup semifinal.

Roberto Mancini's parents say their son is loving his new life with Manchester City.

City face Manchester United tonight in a huge Carling Cup semifinal.

Mum Marianna told the Scottish Sun: "I miss Roberto but I like the fact he is managing in England. In Italy, people are too critical when it comes to football and after every game there is a tribunal on TV.

"In England, the fans and media seem to look forward more and I know Roberto likes that."

The Mancinis are backing their boy to beat United tonight - and believe the omens are on their side. Papa Aldo said: "Sven Goran Eriksson invited Roberto and me to the Manchester derby at Old Trafford when he was manager. I brought City good luck because they won 2-1.

"I hope I can bring Roberto the same luck when I watch this game on TV. I will be cheering on City like I do every time I watch them on the television. If they get to the final, I will cheer them on at Wembley."

Marianna is also backing her boy to end City's trophy drought.

She added: "He has been a success wherever he has managed - it's no coincidence. Inter had not won the title for 16 years before he went there. I hear Manchester City have gone even longer without a trophy.

"But I am sure that will not be the case for much longer."