Man City-Man Utd: Mancini says United are favourites

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says local rivals United are the favourites to win this season's Premier League ahead of Sunday's derby.

The Italian says the addition of £24m forward Robin van Persie to an already "strong team" gives Sir Alex Ferguson's men the edge, but Mancini describes the derby as "one of the important games that can change your season".

The former Inter Milan coach talks of it being harder to retain the Premier League than win it and feels United's greater title-winning experience is an advantage.