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Time to drop 'mind games'.

THE outcome of Monday's Premier League blockbuster between Manchester City and Manchester United will be decided by various factors, primarily which team plays the best football.

In addition, it'll be down to who has the most luck, who makes the fewest mistakes, who has the best preparation, the most effective tactics, the least injury disruption and the courage to win the battle.

But it won't come down to the one thing with which most people seem so depressingly obsessed: who out of Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini wins the mind games.

My heart sinks every time I hear references to mind games, which is roughly every 37 minutes. There are no mind games, just quotes the two managers dutifully give at press conferences they are obliged to attend.

There should be fines for mentioning mind games. And jail for anyone who utters the meaningless, irrelevant and intensely irritating phrase 'squeaky bum time'.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2012
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