Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville believes Sir Alex Ferguson's side will have the Premier League title wrapped up before their game against Manchester City.

United moved five points ahead of their local rivals with a 2-0 victory at Blackburn on Monday, but still have to travel to the Etihad, on April 30.

Before then, City face a tough trip to Arsenal followed by four games against sides in the bottom half.

United, meanwhile, have three home games and a fixture at Wigan ahead of the potential title decider.

And Neville, who won six league titles during his 10-year spell at Old Trafford, expects the Red Devils will be crowned champions before the derby.

"I think the title will be over before that game at the Etihad," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"It's not the [derby] games that are going to win you the title, it's the games against the likes of Blackburn, Swansea and Sunderland.

"At the moment, Manchester United are doing that better than City."

Ferguson's side have traditionally ended seasons strongly down the years, and Neville says that is no coincidence.

"United have prepared all season for March, April, May and you're now seeing a team that's bang in form - full of confidence, everyone fit - who I think are worthy champions."

United host relegation-threatened QPR on Sunday.

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