Mancini hails title rivals United

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has attempted some reverse psychology in the Premier League mind games battle by heaping praise on title rivals Manchester United.

Red Devils assistant-boss Rene Meulensteen highlighted the spirit within United's camp as the major reason for their present five-point lead, coupled with its better balance. Sir Alex Ferguson refused to elaborate on Meulensteen's comments, aware of their potential for riling City and offering them easy motivation ahead of their encounter with Norwich.

However, rather than defend his squad, Mancini said Meulensteen was right. "I agree with him," said the City chief. "This is why I say we can't win. They have big experience and a fantastic team. They have everything. We have nothing."

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