Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists Manchester United will remain title favourites even if they lose Monday's crunch derby at the Etihad Stadium.
Mancini has repeatedly written off City's chances of winning the Barclays Premier League recently, even though they have cut United's lead from eight to three points. Victory in possibly the most eagerly-anticipated Manchester derby of all time would take City back to the top of the table on goal difference with two games remaining, but Mancini is still publicly downbeat.
When asked if he was surprised United had allowed City back into the race, Mancini said: "I am not surprised because in football, until you finish the championship or every game, anything can happen. But my opinion is always the same - I think they have more chance than us."
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