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Aston Villa enter the Europa League with an away 1st leg at Rapid Vienna – see best odds on every market.

Roberto Mancini has responded to Sir Alex Ferguson’s criticisms of Manchester City’s “kamikaze” spending by insisting that Manchester United have employed the same transfer policy in the past.

The £24 million signing of James Milner has taken City’s summer spending beyond £125 million, but Mancini remains unrepentant.

“I think all the other teams have spent a lot of money in the past,” Mancini said. “I don’t mean 15 years ago but in the last one, two three years. It is not important for me [what Ferguson says]. But I repeat that Manchester United, like Manchester City, have spent a lot of money in the past.”

Milner revealed that he has joined his new club from Aston Villa in order to win the Premier League title.

“It didn’t take too much selling by the boss when you see the players who are already here,” Milner said. “The last thing he said to me was ‘be ready to win the Premier League’. That’s my ultimate aim – that’s why I’m here.”

Aston Villa enter the Europa League with an away 1st leg at Rapid Vienna – see best odds on every market.

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