Manchester City FC manager Roberto Mancini insists Manchester United FC remain favourites for the Premier League title, despite his side's 1-0 victory over their rivals taking them top of the table with just two games remaining.
Vincent Kompany's powerful header in added time at the end of the first half was the between the sides on Monday night, moving City top courtesy of a far superior goal difference. "It's a great victory but we have two difficult games left and United have two easy games," said Mancini. "We now have the title in our hands but Manchester United are still favourites. I am very happy that we are top but it doesn't change anything. Football is crazy."
Mancini believes United's remaining opponents, Swansea City AFC and Sunderland AFC, "have nothing to play for." That is not something that could be said of the sides that await City – UEFA Champions League-chasing Newcastle United FC and relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers FC. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sees it differently, insisting City are "in the driving seat". He added: "We are up against it. They only need to win two more games to win the league."
United were eight points clear on 11 April but while City embarked on a four-match winning run, they lost 1-0 at Wigan Athletic FC, beat Aston Villa FC 4-0 and then slipped to a 4-4 draw at home to Everton FC. Sir Alex pinpoints the Everton game as the one "that's maybe cost us the league," when his side let slip a 4-2 lead in the last seven minutes. Mancini is taking nothing for granted, though. "It is not finished," he stressed. "If we think it is finished, we will be making a big mistake."
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