Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes he needs more money to buy new players during the summer, so that his squad depth gets better, and they could compete with old foes Manchester United.
Mancini has already spent 210 million pound in last two years, but insists he needs to bring in more top class players at Etihad to make them more competitive.
The Italian is desperate to avoid a repeat of the last three months that have shown his expensive squad found wanting after losing key midfielders and defenders to international duty and injury.
"We lost Yaya and Kolo Toure for the African Nations Cup, had some injuries and lost Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Sergio Aguero in the last two games. Maybe next year if we lose two important players, we can have another two good players and we can change," The Sun quoted Mancini, as saying.
"We finished our job to build a strong team. Now it's enough to put in three or four more players with a strong mentality," he added.
Mancini reckons these last few weeks have shown United have the squad to go the distance.
"The difference is in 20 players, not the 11, and because they are used to staying on top, they play without problems," he said. (ANI)