Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will be supporting fierce rivals Manchester United later this month. 

Sir Alex Ferguson's side take on Real Madrid in the knockout stages of the Champions League, and Mancini is hoping the Red Devils can continue their run in Europe's most prestigious competition.

The Citizens now trail United by nine points in the Premier League title race, and Mancini is hoping the Old Trafford outfit can progress all the way through to the final. 

Mancini very cheekily hinted that he too may lend his voice to the Red Devils' cause when they face Real Madrid in the round of 16.

"Of course I will be supporting United when they take on Real Madrid," Mancini said. "I might even go along to watch with a little red and white flag."

He added: "When we played Real Madrid it took a lot out of us and I think United are going to find it difficult as well, because along with Barcelona [Real] are the best in the world right now.

"I do think [United] will find it a little bit harder in February and March and that is when the title might be decided."

Despite the nine point gap between the Manchester rivals, Mancini remains confident his side can stage a late comeback to retain their Premier League crown. 

He said: "When you have 14 games left you still have a chance, because it is a long season and anything can still happen."

The first leg of Manchester United's Champions League tie with Real Madrid is to be played on February 13 at the Santiago Bernabeu.


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