Mario Balotelli: Overrated waste of space - originally posted on Soccerlens.comYesterday’s Manchester derby may well prove to be the pivotal moment that Manchester United effectively won the Premier League come May, having grabbed a late 3-2 win in a superb game at The Etihad.
On a hugely disappointing afternoon for Manchester City the selection, and subsequent performance, of one man has made the headlines: Mario Balotelli.
Mario Balotelli looks at Mancini while being subbed against Man Utd
Roberto Mancini gave the young Italian a huge vote of confidence by selecting him ahead of Carlos Tevez but Balotelli let his manager, teammates and supporters down hugely. He looked disinterested, ineffective and lazy during his 51 minutes on the pitch, and when Tevez did replace him he transformed the shape and threat of the side.
He did everything Balotelli failed to do, from working hard to linking up with Sergio Aguero. Had the relentless Argentinian started the game the result may well h...