Manchester City return to action on Wednesday vowing to fight on in their now apparently doomed title bid.
City's hopes of claiming a first league crown in 44 years seem in tatters after a sequence of damaging results over the past month.
Defender Joleon Lescott said in the Manchester Evening News: "It's out of our hands but we've got to keep going and if United slip up then we've got to be there to capitalise. If they don't, then obviously it's going to be impossible for us to catch them now. We're professional and we owe it to the fans that we're not going to roll over and die."
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