IAN LADYMAN: Ask people at Manchester City why Roberto Mancini was sacked four-and-half years ago and they will provide half a dozen reasons. Ask Mancini the same question and he will give you one: Robin van Persie. In early 2012, Mancini thought he was favourite to sign Van Persie for City from Arsenal. Manager of a team that would win its first Premier League title later that season, he had met the Dutch forward and Van Persie had even looked at a house. In the end, Van Persie moved in to that house but only after performing a neat volte face and signing for Manchester United. At Old Trafford, Van Persie immediately won the Premier League. Across town, Mancini laboured and lost his job.
It's Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman reveals what's been making him feel warm and what's been leaving him cold this week. Newcastle’s 1-0 win at Stoke left Mark Hughes’ decision to rest players in the previous game at Chelsea open to condemnation but it’s a fine line. Benitez – remember – pretty much gave up Newcastle’s home game against Manchester City at Christmas but then drew with Brighton and won at Stoke. So Benitez – seven points from four games – looks smart and Hughes – left with just four points – looks like a mug. A solitary goal can make a huge difference.