Twelve months ago, Mancini famously declared his intention to rip down the taunting clock that hangs from the Stretford End at Old Trafford, ticking round each season that ends without silverware on the blue half of Manchester.
The Italian did not get his wish as United emerged triumphant in a thrilling two-legged Carling Cup semi-final.
But the hunger has not gone away. And after another frantic summer of team-building, plus this week's £27million arrival of Bosnia and Herzegovina frontman Edin Dzeko, Mancini believes City are better placed than they have ever been to emulate that 1976 League Cup triumph.
"I would like people to look back on my time here and say I was a good manager, a manager that ended a long wait for silverware - and much more," Mancini told City's official magazine, Manc.
"Nobody knows what the future holds. But the feeling around the club is very good. We have improved as a team over the past few months and there is a momentum building up. After so many years, the fans deserve success. I believe they will have something to celebrate before too long."