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Quite interesting, Some baffling choices.

Barclays Premier League bosses have backed Manchester City to lift the title ahead of Manchester United.

Sixty-seven per cent of top-flight managers believe Roberto Mancini's side will pip their city neighbours to secure a first league title since 1968 as they answered a number of other revealing questions in a survey run by Barclays.

Liverpool's Anfield was voted as the most atmospheric ground in the league, taking 50% of the vote, whilst Manchester United star Ryan Giggs was hailed as the league's most influential player of all-time by the same margin.

Coaches were also asked to rank English football's best players by position and quizzed on whom they believe are the best managers, signings and most entertaining team to watch.

Here are the, rather insightful, results:

BEST BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE GOALKEEPER?

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Though his side recently rescinded their grip on the top of the Barclays Premier League, Joe Hart leads the way in terms of Premier League goalkeepers.

The Shrewsbury-born shot-stopper attracted a whopping 69% of the vote following a season in which he has put in a number of eye-catching performances for Robert Mancini's side, despite their tendency to dominate games. MANAGER'S VOTE

JOE HART - 69%

PEPE REINA - 13%

BRAD FRIEDEL - 6%

SHAY GIVEN - 6%

TIM KRUL - 6%

The England No.1’s nearest competitor is Liverpool’s Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina, a recipient of the Premier League’s Golden Gloves award in his three first seasons in English football. Whilst the Reds have struggled in the league this season, the former Villarreal man mustered 13% of the vote.

Meanwhile, experienced duo Shay Given and Brad Friedel join Newcastle’s Tim Krul as the next-best keepers with 6%.

BEST BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE DEFENDER?

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Somewhat unsurprisingly, it is another Manchester City star who gets the nod as the Barclays Premier League’s most impressive defender.

City have conceded just 20 times in the league this season, giving them far and away the best defensive record in England, and Kompany has been crucial to that mean streak.

MANAGER'S VOTE

VINCENT KOMPANY - 88%

JOHN TERRY - 6%

THOMAS VERMAELEN - 6%

That the Belgian defender was absent from proceedings as City dropped out of both the FA Cup and the League Cup - due to a red card and the subsequent suspension – is no shock such is his importance to their defensive solidarity.

The nearest competitors to his 88% of the vote are Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen - who recently scored a last-minute winner against Newcastle - and John Terry - who features despite losing the England captaincy - who gained 6% apiece.

Given the amount of goals so far this season, it is no shock that no other defender got a mention.

BEST BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE MIDFIELDER?

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Manchester United fans may rightly feel that they have been given a rough deal in this poll as it is yet again their rivals’ players who attract all the plaudits in the midfield, despite their deficit in the league table.

David Silva leads the way on 31%, after notching 12 assists playing behind City’s star-studded attack, with team-mate Yaya Toure finishing second after his powerful displays in the Blues’ midfield.

MANAGER'S VOTE

DAVID SILVA - 31%

YAYA TOURE - 25%

LEON BRITTON - 13%

SCOTT PARKER - 6%

GARETH BALE - 6%

MOUSSA DEMBELE - 6%

RAMIRES - 6%

LUKA MODRIC - 6%

Leon Britton makes something of a surprise appearance ahead of more established names but has been an important anchor in the Swansea engine room.

Meanwhile, Spurs trio Scott Parker, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale make up part of the best-of-the-rest on the obligatory 6%, after their pass-and-move displays earned plaudits for both style and substance.

They are joined by Fulham’s Moussa Dembele - whose attacking prowess has impressed in the Barclays Premier League this season - and Chelsea’s Ramires - who has turned his hard-working showings into goals, netting eight times this season.

BEST BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FORWARD?

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Move along, no shocks or surprises here. Arsenal’s Robin van Persie rightly took the majority of the managers’ votes as the number one striker in the league and, in a season in which he has hit the net 26 times, there can be no arguments.

The Dutch forward has, at times, carried his team-mates and this has been acknowledged after he scooped a quarter of the votes on offer.

MANAGER'S VOTE

ROBIN VAN PERSIE - 25%

SERGIO AGUERO - 19%

DEMBA BA - 19%

LUIS SUAREZ - 13%

WAYNE ROONEY - 13%

DAVID SILVA - 6%

GARETH BALE - 6%

Manchester City feature highly again, with Argentine Sergio Aguero gaining 19% of the vote.

The diminutive forward is tied with Newcastle’s Demba Ba, who has scored 16 league goals this term in helping the Magpies to a shock European push.

Two strikers from either side of the East Lancs Road - Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez - have 13% each, despite the latter having scored just six league goals whilst the Red Devils man has notched 20 times.

Gareth Bale and David Silva, who featured in the midfield poll but are known for their attacking forays, both also ranked highly here.

SIGNING OF THE SEASON?

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Sixteen league goals for free. That’s the deal which Newcastle secured this season in taking on forward Demba Ba, and it is one which Barclays Premier League managers have acknowledged as a bargain.

Upon his departure from West Ham, the Senegalese striker was passed up on by Stoke City after concerns arose over the severity of a long-standing knee problem. Whether Tony Pulis was part of the 56% who voted for the forward will remain a mystery.

MANAGER'S VOTE

DEMBA BA - 56%

PHIL JONES - 13%

SCOTT PARKER 13%

SEBASTIEN LARSSON - 6%

JUAN MATA - 6%

CRAIG BELLAMY - 6%

Elsewhere, Scott Parker, who seemingly transformed Tottenham from top-four challengers to title-chasers in joining for a nominal fee, attracted 13% of the vote.

He is joined by young defender Phil Jones who has had a mixed first year at Old Trafford but has helped his side to the top of the Premier League with his impressive forward forays from the back.

Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson has similarly made a mark for Sunderland, particularly since the arrival of Martin O’Neill, and he is rated alongside Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy in the signing stakes.

MOST IMPRESSIVE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER?

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Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers has undoubtedly worked miracles this season at the Liberty Stadium after already taking the Swans to virtual safety and doing so in style.

The home record forged by the Welsh side has had much to do with their success and Rodgers has rightly taken credit from his peers in attracting 47% of the vote.

MANAGER'S VOTE

BRENDAN RODGERS - 47%

PAUL LAMBERT - 40%

ROBERTO MANCINI - 6%

STEVE KEAN - 6%

Another side who were expected to struggle after promotion, Norwich, have also taken the Barclays Premier League by storm and gained manager Paul Lambert the plaudits.

Roberto Mancini has earned recognition for Manchester City’s transformation into a genuine title threat and he is joined by Steve Kean, who has dragged Blackburn Rovers from the bottom of the league, despite fan discontent early in the season.

BEST YOUNG PLAYER?

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Finally, league leaders Manchester United get some recognition as Phil Jones tops the votes for the best young player.

Whilst the youngster was brought in from Blackburn on the back of several impressive defensive showings, it has been his quality on the ball which has particularly caught the eye during his maiden season at Old Trafford.

MANAGER'S VOTE

PHIL JONES - 31%

DANIEL STURRIDGE - 25%

KYLE WALKER - 25%

ORIOL ROMEU - 6%

SCOTT SINCLAIR - 6%

CHRIS SMALLING - 6%

He has even been tipped as a future England captain after earning his first cap this term and, though the Red Devils have struggled in Europe, he could yet pick up a Barclays Premier League medal to go alongside the many plaudits he has received.

Meanwhile, if Andre Villas-Boas possesses any sort of Chelsea legacy he can be proud of, the form of Daniel Sturridge could well be it.

The forward had previously struggled to break through at Stamford Bridge but is now a near-guaranteed starter thanks to the unwavering faith of the Portuguese boss prior to his sacking.

Sturridge ranks alongside Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker on 25% whilst Chelsea’s Oriol Romeu, Swansea’s Scott Sinclair and another Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling, make up the rest of the list.

MOST ENTERTAINING BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM?

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Whilst they may have taken a sizeable blow to their title chances with three consecutive defeats recently, Tottenham are still good value for money according to Barclays Premier League managers.

Spurs have rightly received praise for their attacking football this year, even if it has resulted in some heavy defeats such as the 5-2 reverse against Arsenal at the Emirates.

MANAGER'S VOTE

TOTTENHAM - 75%

MANCHESTER UNITED - 13%

ARSENAL - 6%

SWANSEA - 6%

Their ‘sexy football’ has in fact knocked the typically-entertaining Manchester United into second place after they gained 13% of the vote.

Meanwhile, the always defensively frail Arsenal make an appearance after gaining 6% of the vote for the entertaining nature of their matches.

They feature alongside pretenders to the pass-and-move crown in the shape of Brendan Rodgers’ recently-promoted Swansea City.

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We will win the league

Mancini sacked

Jose appointed

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Good read pos

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I think so

2 full seasons and no major trophy

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for what he has spent and the dire form of the top 4 sides this season if Citeh dont win the league Mancini has to walk, he has to

the fact that Mancini is having to swallow his pride and play Tevez says it all really

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I think so

2 full seasons and no major trophy

FA Cup is major.

This is his first season with City in Europe so gotta cut him a break.

He has also jumped leaps and bounds with Man City in the league from last year, they were fighting for Champions League this time last year, now they are fighting for the title, there is an obvious improvement.

He needs another year I'd say.

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Mancini was the same at Inter

He isn't that guy

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:/

He did well at Inter in the league.

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I think so

2 full seasons and no major trophy

FA Cup is major.

This is his first season with City in Europe so gotta cut him a break.

He has also jumped leaps and bounds with Man City in the league from last year, they were fighting for Champions League this time last year, now they are fighting for the title, there is an obvious improvement.

He needs another year I'd say.

FA cup defo isn't major, it's all about the league and CL.

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He had city in Europe last season

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MANAGER'S VOTE

DAVID SILVA - 31%

YAYA TOURE - 25%

LEON BRITTON - 13%

SCOTT PARKER - 6%

GARETH BALE - 6%

MOUSSA DEMBELE - 6%

RAMIRES - 6%

LUKA MODRIC - 6%

I rate Parker, but that list pissed man off differently. Modric should be after Yaya.

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It's strange that Clint Dempsey is not rated whatsoever outside Fulham

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:/

He did well at Inter in the league.

Behave

He was given two titles/ a lot of teams were in demise at that time

He was always found wanted in Europe

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Lol at the FA Cup not being a major trophy,

What's wrong with people?

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It's strange that Clint Dempsey is not rated whatsoever outside Fulham

Was telling my boy Fulham got that tek boy.

Dempsey, Dembele, Ruiz.

Tekked off.

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Lol at the FA Cup not being a major trophy,

What's wrong with people?

Trust.

Modric 6%???

Wtf?

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Prem/CL

FA Cup

League Cup

In that order in terms of importance.

I don't believe the Man City board would deem just an FA Cup in 2 years acceptable

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It's strange that Clint Dempsey is not rated whatsoever outside Fulham

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Mancini

For me it's simple - he just isn't a very good manager and lacks the all-round skillset that a top manager needs. He has some good points, but also some major failings in all the key areas of man management, tactics, media handling, personality, etc.

Yet again after this game he says 'it's my fault, I underestimated Sporting. I thought they would be easy after playing Porto'. WTF!!! If that's true, it's inexcusable (especially after he already did this in the Everton game). If he's just making it up to protect his players, it's a stupidly naive thing to say - why not just say it was my mistake tactically or something? Rather than admit he did not take the opponent seriously in a European knockout tie. That's an insult to the opponents, and to your fans.

He's far too strong a personality and jumps to impulsive decisions and makes spur of the moment comments that hurt him. There was the infamous "I resign" after Inter lost to Liverpool, and this season, he goes from "Tevez will never play for this club again" in the post-match press conference, to Tevez now becoming their potential saviour in the title race.

Tactically also he blows hot and cold just like his man management. Some isolated decisions are very good, some are just baffling. For example, I actually thought his plan in the 2-0 defeat to Bayern was a sensible one - even though you're 2-0 down already, bring on a DM to stabilise the game a bit and stop the bleeding, then throw on a striker for the last 15-20 mins and hope to salvage something once the team has gathered calmness. But apart from these isolated moments, I don't see his team having a clear identity or style. They started the season in full attacking glory and we thought he's turned a corner. Now they've descended to a shadow of that, with Silva and Toure (2 of their key players) constantly being shuffled around instead of being in their best position.

Added to all this, over the past 2 years there have been so many reports of bust-ups in the City squad, players complaining of excessive training burdens (perhaps this has something to do with their current fatigue), and so on. I'm sure more of this will come out now that things are not going smoothly on the pitch.

His fan club claims his biggest strength is that he builds 'lean, mean, sexy, league-winning machines'. Well, this City team is definitely not any of the first 3 adjectives in that statement. I still think they are 60-40 to win the league, but just like at Inter, it will be almost by default, due to some huge factors helping him along (this time: the most expensive squad in Europe, and the weakest Premier League in a long time). I just don't see how you can rate someone as a top manager with all these flaws.

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It's strange that Clint Dempsey is not rated whatsoever outside Fulham

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Texas is in the building

swangin dohs, pourin up

way before 2chainz was titty boi young demps had wood grain and a slab rip pimp c rip hawk rip dj screw

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Manager - Brendan Rodgers

Player - RVP

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