Title still not in our hands, maintains Mancini


MANCHESTER City boss Roberto Mancini refuses to accept his team are back in the title hunt despite slashing Manchester United’s lead to three points – and condemning Wolves to relegation – yesterday at Molineux.

Goals in each half from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri were scant reward for City’s utter dominance and ensured they capitalised fully on their neighbours’ slip hours earlier at home to Everton.

But Mancini, whose team were eight points behind and written off less than two weeks ago, insists he will not discuss the Premier League title until after next week’s momentous derby against United.

“Is it a good day? Not really. We won a difficult game. Wolves are relegated. I don’t think they deserve to be there,” said the Italian.

“Only one team can win this title. It’s not in our hands. We have three points less. You all wrote the title race was finished. Seven days ago, the race was finished. You wrote it. We can talk about the title next Monday night.”

Wolves caretaker manager Terry Connor, whose side needed to win to have any chance of survival, said the club would “bounce back”.

Connor added: “It’s a really emotional, really raw day today.”