Man United are still favourites for the title, insists Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini believes Manchester United are still favourites for the title despite Manchester City closing the gap to three points
Roberto Mancini maintains that Manchester United are still favourites to win the Premier League title, despite Manchester City narrowing the gap to three points on Sunday.
Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri both scored in City’s 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Sunday after the Red Devils had only managed a 4-4 draw with Everton at Old Trafford in the early kick-off.
United’s slip-up threw the title race back open and the Eastlands outfit will move back to the top of the table on goal difference if they can seal victory in the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium next Monday.
“We have another chance but United have a bigger chance than us at this moment [to win the title],” said Mancini.
“We have three difficult games against United, Newcastle and QPR. Newcastle are fighting for the Champions League and QPR are fighting to avoid relegation.
“After the derby, United have two games which are not easy, but not difficult like us (against Swansea and Sunderland).
“Only one team can win this title. It’s not in our hands. We have three points less.
“In any case, you all wrote the title race was finished. Seven days ago, the race was finished. You wrote it.
“Therefore I congratulate Sir Alex Ferguson on a good season.”
The 47-year-old admits he is unsure as to which club is now under more pressure, but hinted that United are perhaps feeling the heat of a tight title race after City seemed out of contention with an eight-point gap between the sides at one stage.
“I don’t think they have pressure because they are used to it every year,” he added.
“For us, it’s different because it’s the first time. At the moment, we don’t have any pressure because we are not expected to win.
“But we want to finish well. It’s important for our season.”