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Roberto Mancini insists that Manchester City must still be careful if they want to taste Premier League title success this year.

The Italian refuses to give-up on his psychological tactics, and believes that Manchester United remain favourites to win the league this year.

"They have easier games," reflected Mancini. "Not because Swansea and Sunderland are bad teams but because we have Newcastle who are fighting for Champions League and QPR who are trying to avoid relegation."

After last night's 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens leapfrogged their local rivals at the top of the table on goal difference.

"It is important that we are top now but it is more important that we are top at the end of May 13," pointed out the City boss.

Joy and assurance overflowed the Etihad late on Monday evening, as if City had already won the Premier League, but Mancini was quick to bring everyone back to earth in his post-match press conference.

"This result changes nothing; we still have to win the last two games. Of course I am happy. I am most happy for the supporters who are magnificent but it is still an option that United win the league.

"Just because we beat United twice, it does not mean we deserve to be champions. The team that has the most points at the end of the season deserved to be champions."

Tensions were high in the second half and Mancini was involved in a touchline spat with his opposite number, Sir Alex Ferguson. A bad-looking tackle from Nigel de Jong on Danny Wellbeck prompted Ferguson to call for a red card - an action that started the disagreement.

"I can understand, because at that moment the tension is high. I was speaking with the fourth official. We exchanged words but that is it. It is over. It is not a problem for me," Mancini told reporters.

Ferguson doesn't share the same opinion with Roberto Mancini as it comes to the title race and United's dreams could disappear.

"They are in the driving seat now with only two games left. It's not over as we've got the same number of points, but an eight-goal advantage is a significant advantage for them", the Scot explained.

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