Beating United is City’s last chance, says Mancini

MANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini admits tonight’s Premier League summit derby may represent their last chance to overtake neighbours and title rivals Manchester United.

Victory over the holders in the most eagerly-anticipated Manchester derby in recent memory would lift Mancini’s team, who are seeking the club’s first top-flight championship since 1968, level on points with United with just two games remaining. He expects United to win their fixtures against Swansea and Sunderland, meaning that only maximum points this evening would afford City any chance of snatching the trophy from their clutches.

“They have one difficult game against us, then they have two easy games. They will probably get six points,” said Mancini. “It is clear we have a chance. We want to take that chance.”

City have rediscovered flashes of their scintillating early-season form since losing 1-0 at Arsenal this month, scoring 12 goals in three victories over West Brom, Norwich and Wolves.

49 Points, from possible 51, City have won at home this season