Losing at Man City would all but hand them the title, admits Sir Alex

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits that his side cannot afford to lose Monday night's derby showdown at City

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Sir Alex Ferguson's side are three points clear of Manchester CIty The Sport Review

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Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester City would be likely to win the Premier League title if his Manchester United side are beaten by Roberto Mancini’s men in Monday’s derby.

United make the short journey to the Etihad Stadium three points clear of their local rivals, but with an inferior goal difference.

And Red Devils boss Ferguson is aware that defeat would all but end his side’s hopes of retaining their crown.

“I think City probably would win it,” said Ferguson. “Yes. I think, with two games left, they’d have a great chance.”

Ferguson, whose side are gunning for a record 20th league title, also revealed that he is yet to settle on his team selection for Monday night’s showdown.

“We’ve been working on two or three things in the last couple of days and I’ve got two or three options. Hopefully, I’ll get it right,” he continued.

“I just know what we want to do in the game. We’ve got enough experience and pace in the team, enough good footballers and determination. I think we’ll be alright in that respect.

“The game could be decided by anything, I hope it’s not by a bad decision, that’s for sure.

“There’s focus on both teams to make it a good game. It’s important as we’re representing the city all over the world.

“Michel Platini is making an effort to come to the game. It creates a certain occasion and we want to represent ourselves the right way.”

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