Manchester United are favourites - Roberto Mancini

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Mancini 'upset' by City's missed chances

Manchester City v Manchester United

Venue:
Etihad Stadium
Date:
30 April 2012, KO 2000 BST
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website, highlights on MOTD, BBC1 2235 BST

Roberto Mancini says Manchester United are still favourites to win the Premier League title despite seeing his Manchester City side close the gap to three points.

If City beat United at Etihad Stadium on 30 April, they will lead the table on goal difference with two games left.

But when asked who was now in pole position to lift the trophy, Mancini told BBC Sport: "United, always.

"They're top, three points ahead. After the derby they have two easy games."

Following United's visit, City travel to Newcastle on 6 May before finishing at home to QPR on 13 May.

Reigning champions United host Swansea and then end with a trip to Sunderland.

City spent much of the campaign in top spot but feel eight points adrift of United after losing to Arsenal on 8 April.

However, the deficit is now three after United blew a two-goal lead to draw 4-4 with Everton on Sunday and City won 2-0 at Wolves.

"Is it a good day? Not really," said Mancini after his side's victory, which confirmed Wolves' relegation to the Championship.

"You all wrote the title race was finished. Seven days ago, the race was finished. You wrote it."

Mancini added: "After the derby, we play Newcastle, who are fighting for the Champions League, and QPR who are fighting relegation.

"We can talk about the title next Monday night. It's impossible."

Mancini suggested United's experience - the club have won 19 top-flight titles - would stand them in good stead.

"I don't think they have pressure because they are used to it every year," the Italian added.

"For us, it's different because it's the first time. At the moment, we don't have any pressure because we are not expected to win.

"But we want to finish well. It's important for our season.

"It was important to win this game. The performance is not important. We played well all season but now it only matters to win."

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