Mancini plays down title talk

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Roberto Mancini admits it is unlikely Manchester City will win the Premier League title this season - despite closing the gap on Manchester United to just five points.

United appeared to have an unassailable eight-point lead after last weekend's results, but a shock 1-0 defeat at Wigan on Wednesday opened the door for City, who took full advantage with a routine 4-0 win against West Brom.

Mancini, however, isn't getting carried away, and concedes it will be difficult to catch their rivals because of the wealth of experience Sir Alex Ferguson's squad possess.

"I think United is a fantastic team and I don't think that they will drop five points," he told

"It is important for us to finish well because this is the best season for Manchester City since we won the championship in 1968. This is not mind games, United have fantastic experience and we don't have it!

"Our fans believe and we play for them. I will fight and my team will fight everyday but it may be too late."

Mancini handed Carlos Tevez his first start since returning to the City squad after the pair's public fall-out following a Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich.

The Argentine scored his first goal of the season with a neat finish on the hour-mark and looked impressive before being replaced 27 minutes from time.

"Carlos is maybe not fit to play ninety minutes but he will be important to us for the rest of the season," said the manager.

"I was pleased for the both Carlos and Sergio [Aguero] because strikers always want goals but I was pleased with all the players because we did a good performance."

City could be boosted by the return of Yaya Toure ahead of Saturday's trip to Norwich.

The Ivory Coast midfielder missed the win over West Brom with a knee problem but should recover in time to face Paul Lambert's side at Carrow Road.

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