Peter Schmeichel believes Manchester City’s lack of experience in Premier League title races is the reason Manchester United have overturned their rivals at the top of the table.
The goalkeeper legend, who spent eight years at Old Trafford and also had a short spell at City, says Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will win the title.
City led the way for much of the season but United, who travel to relegation-threatened Wigan on Wednesday night, have now opened up a seemingly unassailable eight-point lead over their neighbours.
The pressure of the final few months of the campaign, according to Schmeichel, has got to Roberto Mancini’s side.
"At the start of the season you're fresh, everyone's fighting for places in that team - and they've got so many good players in that squad - it's relentless," he told ESPN.co.uk. "You get momentum winning, you score, and you score and you score.
"But you never win anything in October, November, December. You have to carry that on into the new year and it's difficult if you haven't been there before - not only as a player, but the manager has to have played all of his cards right at the right time. That takes experience.
"To win the Premier League you need that experience, you need to have been there a few times. There's a reason why Manchester United keep coming back, and there's a reason why certain clubs are not in the running for titles, because it's so difficult.
"It [the season] is ten and a half months, not three or four months. You don't win anything before the end of the season. This is what Man United knows and very few other clubs know."
City host United at the Etihad Stadium on April 30 but Schmeichel says that result will not have a bearing on the destination of the Premier League crown come May.
"If you open up a gap like that at this point in time, you should win it,” he said.
“I'd be very disappointed, along with everyone else who is concerned about Manchester United, if we don't win it."