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Milner shrugs off Ireland swipe

New Manchester City midfielder James Milner will not be drawn into a debate with Stephen Ireland.

The pair moved in opposite directions this month, with Aston Villa signing Ireland suggesting that Milner was in for a shock if thought the grass was greener on the other side.

Milner could afford a wry smile in response, especially as his debut on Monday ended in a 3-0 victory against Liverpool.

He said: "I have not seen the story but heard it second and third hand.

"Hopefully he can do well at Aston Villa and be a great signing for them.

"Likewise hopefully I can have success here. The set-up is very good at City. The professionalism and attention to detail, down to the recovery and preparation for games, is right up there. So we are geared up to doing very well. It is down to us to go out on the pitch and see who far we can go."

Sheikh Mansour took in a match for the first time since the Abu Dhabi Group took control of the club. Then he had a chat after the victory against Liverpool with manager Roberto Mancini, who said: "He was happy with the victory and the performance. He was happy for the supporters."

Milner will sit out the return leg of the Europa League match at Eastlands tonight against FC Timisoara with City holding a 1-0 advantage as he was not registered in time. Mario Balotelli, who scored the winner in Romania, is again sidelined with a knee problem but is expected to return against Sunderland on Sunday.

Timisoara coach Vladimir Petrovic said: "City have a huge advantage. Not only are they ahead in the tie, they can pick two squads. I do not know which one is best."