Manchester City manager has bemoaned Manchester United’s luck after Robin van Persie’s equaliser was allowed to stand despite appearing offside.

Mancini’s men closed the gap on Manchester United to 13 points as Carlos Tevez scored a late goal to give his side a narrow 1-0 victory over relegation threatened Wigan at the Etihad stadium. City also have a game in hand.

The gap may have been one point less, however, if the assistant had disallowed Van Persie’s equaliser and given West Ham a deserved victory.

Mancini also praised his team for coming through a tough game against Wigan despite playing just three days ago.

He told reporters: “If they hadn’t scored an offside goal it would be even fewer points. We could have got it down to nine.

“It was difficult because we played three days ago and we were so tired.

“In the second half we started so-so, but it was a great goal and Carlos is a top-quality player.”

A brilliant stop by Joe Hart from Franco Di Santo, a shot cleared off the line by Joleon Lescott and a stunning block from Vincent Kompany ensured City grabbed all three points in a less than convincing performance.

Meanwhile, Wigan’s manager Roberto Martinez visibly distraught remained upbeat about his sides’ chances of staying despite seeing a chance of grabbing a point slide away. 

He said:  “It’s very hard to take. But if we play like that in every game of the season, we will be OK. This performance was exactly what we will need.

“We were the better side and limited City to two shots on target. With the chances we had, it’s hard to explain how we didn’t get the points.”

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