Mario Balotelli would never be signed by a club like Manchester United says coach Meulensteen
In a remarkable attack on their Premier League rivals, Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen claims Manchester City's Mario Balotelli is a type of player that would never be signed at Old Trafford.
Meulensteen laid into the Eastland's outfit, accusing them of lacking the necessary ingredients to win titles, and made it clear that the 21-year-old would never play for a team like Man United.
"City do not have a well-balanced team. They only have individuals who play for themselves," Meulensteen told Voetball International. "You can see that City lack the right team spirit.
"There is no chance of Balotelli playing for Manchester United. A player who gets up to the antics he does has no place at our club. I don't believe that Sir Alex would sign a player like Balotelli. We shouldn't get in people like him - they only bring frustration."
Balotelli's future at Eastlands remains uncertain following the Italian striker's red card against Arsenal at the weekend and a string of controversial incidents throughout the season, on and off the pitch.
United's lead at the top of the table was cut to five points on Wednesday after a shock defeat at Wigan. City know that if they beat United at the Etihad Stadium later this month they will have a real chance of securing the title, but Meulensteen gave the idea that Roberto Mancini's side still have a chance short shrift.
"United are accustomed to the pressure involved in going for the title," he said. "City are in a position to win the league for the first time in a long while but that is breaking them up. I thought they wouldn't hold out to the end." he said.