Man City boss Mancini concedes Premier League title to Man United

Roberto Mancini concedes that Manchester City's hopes of retaining their Premier League title are all but over with nine games left

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Roberto Mancini's side are 15 points behind leaders Manchester United Photo: Back Page Images

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Roberto Mancini has conceded that Manchester City’s hopes of retaining their Premier League title are all but over.

Manchester United are 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with nine games left to play as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men close in on a 20th top-flight crown.

And City boss Mancini admits his side must now focus on winning the FA Cup following their failure to catch leaders United.

“It [the title race] is over but it doesn’t change nothing because we should do our best from now until the end,” Mancini told a news conference on Thursday.

“Every top team, when you can’t win a title, should try to play well, to win all the games, and we also have the FA Cup semi-final.”

Mancini, whose side take on Newcastle on Saturday, also vented his frustration at seeing captain Vincent Kompany return to action with the Belgium international team despite only just returning to full fitness.

“He didn’t play for us for 60 days and then he went to play for the Belgium team,” he said. “I did not agree with this. I think sometimes some managers of national teams should understand the situation.

“This player plays for the club and the club, every month, pay his salary. I don’t know if he is okay or not. One week before the international break he was not fit to play for us.”

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