Former Manchester City manager Peter Reid fears the club have blown a golden opportunity to win the title.

After leading the Barclays Premier League for most of the season, City now trail arch-rivals Manchester United by three points with eight games remaining. With a derby at the Etihad Stadium to come next month, City's fate still rests in their own hands but Reid believes Sir Alex Ferguson's champions have again timed their run perfectly.

Reid, speaking at the Soccerex forum in Manchester, said: "I don't think Manchester United have been brilliant, they have dug results out - but that is Manchester United. The manager, whatever you say about the manager, has been there and done it. I thought City were going to win it in December, I thought everything was there, but now I have changed my mind."

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